More Sporting Chances for Longford Sat 12 May 2012 Brian Wightman Attorney-General The Attorney-General, Brian Wightman, has welcomed the increased sporting opportunities a new synthetic green will provide to the Longford community. The Tasmanian Government provided $100,000 to the Longford Bowls Club to install the synthetic bowling green, allowing the club to host training and competitions all year round. "This reflects a government commitment to high-quality sport and recreation facilities and environments that provide Tasmanians with a better lifestyle," Mr Wightman said. "Having access to a green all year round will increase membership and community participation, reflecting the government's commitment to community participation in sport, recreation and physical activity. "We know that keeping Tasmanians physically active saves our health system around $60 million a year. "The funding of the green also recognised the important role clubs such as the Longford Bowls Club play in building and strengthening regional communities. "Active regional communities contribute to Tasmania being a liveable place, which underpins the Tasmanian Government's vision for sustainable social and economic development," he said. The funding of the new facility at Longford was provided by Sport and Recreation Tasmania, which has also provided $60,000 to Bowls Tasmania to develop club and community bowls programs. "The funding the government has provided to the Longford Bowls Club and to Bowls Tasmania is also an investment in the state's future," Mr Wightman said. "The 2010 report Value of Sport and Physical Recreation to Tasmania estimates for every $1 invested in sport and recreation there is a return to our state of more than $4 in benefits. "We also know the sport and recreation sector directly contributes more than $800 million to the Tasmanian economy annually," he said.