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Minister comes bearing gifts

FOUR courts at the Bulli Tennis Centre are set for a $20,000 upgrade.

Minister for Sport Graham Annesley, Ed Barclay, Gabbi Hooker, Ruth Allen and Dave Allen of Bulli Tennis Centre, with Member for Heathcote Lee Evans.

The announcement the courts will be upgraded, along with new sports ground lighting at Thomas Gibson Park, Thirroul, is to be made by State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans today at Slacky Flat.

Mr Evans will announce $80,000 in funding grants to five local sport groups under the 2011-2012 Sport and Recreation Facility Grant Program.

“Sport is an integral part of our community’s social fabric and the organisations which received funding in the 2011-2012 Sport and Recreation Facility Grant Program are priceless assets,” Mr Evans said.

“The benefits of physical activity and community interaction are numerous and this investment will have a very positive affect by increasing the availability and quality of local sport and recreation facilities.”

Organisations to receive offers include:

* Thirroul Junior Football Club – $35,000 – To upgrade lighting at Gibson Park fields

* Wollongong Tennis Courts Administration – $20,000 – To upgrade four tennis court surfaces at Bulli Tennis Centre

* Helensburgh Thistle Football Club – $13,500 – To install solar hot water system and playing field irrigation at Rex Jackson Park.

“I am very confident the new upgraded facilities supported by this program will encourage more of our local residents to get involved and get active.

For more information visit the Sport and Recreation Facility Grant Program website or 13 13 02.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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