Strengthening Our Communities Sat 14 July 2012 Brian Wightman Attorney-General The Attorney-General, Brian Wightman, today welcomed the new Longford Community Sports Complex as a significant asset for the Northern Midlands. The Tasmanian Government provided $100 000 through the Urban Renewal and Heritage Fund towards the redevelopment of the clubrooms of the Longford Football Club. "This is a great investment in a resource that everyone in the Longford region can benefit from," Mr Wightman said. "The funding was used for the development of a multi-function community facility at the Longford Community Sports Complex that will serve as a meeting and event venue for a range of community organisations, and club rooms for a number of sport and recreation clubs in the area." Mr Wightman said the funding was provided to the Northern Midlands Council and reflected the Tasmanian Government's commitment to the sustainability of regional communities such as Longford. "The Longford community is a great example of how providing high-quality community and sporting infrastructure makes a huge difference to people's lives," he said. "More than 800 people regularly used the old facilities and that number will now grow, giving locals a greater chance to participate in physical activity." Mr Wightman said local sports clubs and associations play an important role in building and strengthening communities such as Longford. "Sport and active recreation gives regional communities a focus and also provide benefits for Tasmania as a whole."The 2010 report Value of Sport and Physical Recreation to Tasmania demonstrated that for every $1 invested in sport and recreation, Tasmania receives more than $4 in benefits, including savings of over $60 million per annum to Tasmania's health system."