Twelve local sporting organisations in the Port Macquarie electorate have shared in $4.6 million of grants across NSW to purchase equipment, improve facilities and increase participation opportunities through the Local Sport Grants Program.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the grants will assist local sporting organisations as COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease.
"Sport is a vital part of the fabric of our community and these grants will provide essential funds to help our organisations increase participation as we slowly ease restrictions and will benefit our community in the long run," Mrs Williams said.
"The program awards sporting groups up to $20,000 for projects which focus on development and participation, access and facility development.
"Some organisations will buy uniforms for kids to relieve financial pressures on families whilst others will increase female participation and leadership in sport."
This year's recipients include:
- $4,000 to Hastings Orienteering Group to purchase scoring and timing equipment
- $14,545 to Port Macquarie Surf Club to install solar panels, purchase oars and
- equipment for youth programs
- $1,580 for the Laurieton Swimming Club to purchase heavy duty shade shelters
- $15,000 to Western Phoenix Football Club to upgrade lighting at Charlie Watt Reserve
- $8,500 for the Lake Cathie Tennis Club for a storage shed and coaching equipment
- $5,000 to the Port Macquarie Cycling Club to subsidies uniform costs and host a tour
- $6,000 for the West Port Tennis Club to install an on-line booking system
- $5,000 for Port Macquarie Rowing Club to purchase a shipping container for storage
- $1,800 to Port Macquarie Bodyboarding Association for a surfing rescue 24/7 course
- $5,000 to Lake Cathie Bowling Club to purchase 10 sets of junior size bowls and carry
- $2,000 for the Camden Haven Junior Rugby League Club for training for coaches
- $3,740 for the Port Macquarie Rugby Union Club for purchase uniforms and training