Friday, February 5, 2010

Govt signs $1.6m Pacific cricket deal

Australia has signed up to a $1.6 million cricket partnership program to build stronger communities in the Pacific.

The partnership, signed between the government, Cricket Australia and the International Cricket Council, is to run over four years and will focus on communities in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Solomon Islands.

The program is part of the government's Australian Sports Outreach Program, which works with local authorities and communities to deliver sporting programs.

"Sport is widely recognised as a vital tool in building stronger communities, not least through providing opportunities for youth leadership and achievement," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in a statement.

Mr Rudd signed the first partnership - which was based on football - at the Pacific Islands forum last year.

Agreements with netball, rugby league and rugby union are expected to be completed early this year.

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