Funding will assist sporting groups under government grant program

Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club with Heathcote MP, Lee Evans (centre). Picture: HORCC

A NUMBER of sporting clubs in the far northern Illawarra will benefit after receiving $150,000 in funding for new equipment, programs and facilities to get more people involved following grants under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.

The following projects will each receive $50,000 across in the Heathcote electorate:

  • Helensburgh Off Road Cycle Club – Women and Girls Get Involved in Mountain Biking
  • Helensburgh Netball Club – To Provide A Safe and Accessible Sport for The Community
  • Flystanwell Incorporated – Flystanwell Club Sport Equipment – Safety-Markers, Launch Equipment

State Heathcote MP, Lee Evans said the grants will assist local sporting groups in many ways.

“I am pleased to assist these sporting groups get more people involved in sport, update important infrastructure and also provide further training for coaches and players,” Mr Evans said.

“These grants are essential for our community and I am proud to be able to support local sporting clubs through funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said bringing communities together through sport provided many social, heath and economic benefits.

“Getting together with teammates on a weekend or mid-week to play sport is so important for our physical and mental health,” Mr Ayres said.

“Projects funded by the Local Sport Grant Program will play a vital role in bringing communities together and give people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sport.

“With community sporting competitions returning to normal following two pandemic-affected seasons, these grants will support both people returning to sport and those participating for the first time.”

Grants up to $20,000 were available under the Program with up to $50,000 available in each electorate. For further information on the Local Sport Grants Program and the full list of grant recipients, visit:

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A journalist, writer and 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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been 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 Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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