News, Sport

Northern sporting groups share in funding

A NUMBER of northern sporting groups have shared $423,000 in financial assistance through Wollongong City Council’s Sports Grants Program.

Successful recipients of the grants include Helensburgh Off Road Cycling (shade and seating), Russell Vale Junior Rugby League (drainage works), Helensburgh Thistles (car park fencing replacement), and Northern Districts Cricket (net renewal).

This round of grant funding complements Council’s draft Infrastructure and Delivery Program 2023/24-2026/27 which aims to invest over $20 million in sportsgrounds and sporting facilities over the next four years. That’s in addition to the $4.5 million spent per annum on maintaining sportsgrounds.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the Sports Grants Program aimed to provide financial assistance to clubs and associations that use Council sportsgrounds.

“Our goal is to support the Wollongong sporting community by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Our sports grounds are well-used and much-loved community spaces. The Sports Grants Program aims to invest in existing sporting infrastructure to ensure it meets the needs of the people who use it day in and day out.

“This year, we are pleased to be able to support nine local sporting clubs realise their infrastructure projects and support community sport and recreation across the City of Wollongong.”

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About Mick Roberts

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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