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Lower Hunter sporting groups kick major funding goal

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More than a dozen Lower Hunter sporting organisations have kicked a major goal, securing $100,000 in much-needed funding.

Following the latest round of the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program, eight projects in the Cessnock LGA and six in the Maitland LGA received the green light.

The three big winners were the Kurri Kurri Football Club Inc, who pocketed $19,938 for its program to improve access and inclusion; Lochinvar Rovers, who’ll utilise $10,000 for new sub benches; and Maitland Polocrosse Club, with its $10,000 going towards the provision of powered camping for event attendees.

“The Local Sport Grant Program provides vital funds for community sport,” Minister for Sport Steve Kamper said.

“This year we doubled the funding for individual projects, meaning grassroots clubs and associations could provide more programs and equipment to support their participants.

“With the critical role sport plays in keeping people healthy, active and socially connected, this funding is vital to community wellbeing and sense of identity.”

The successful recipients include:

  • Bellbird Junior Football Club ($2,530): For training and game day equipment for registered players to improve their experience with football
  • Bellbird Workers Cricket Club ($3,007.15): For cylinder mower and electric motor for pitch roller
  • Cessnock Motorcross Club Inc ($4,949.77): Towards coaching equipment
  • Fernances Creek Riding Club ($3,500): For cross country equestrian jumps
  • Hunter Horse Driving Society Inc ($3,708): For FEI approved driving cones
  • Kurri Kurri Football Club Inc ($19,938): For their program to improve access and inclusion
  • West Wallsend Senior Football Club ($2,420): Towards NNSWF B Licence
  • Wine Country Cricket Club ($9,947.08): For junior cricket development
  • Lochinvar Rovers ($10,000): For new sub benches
  • Maitland Polocrosse Club ($10,000): Towards the provision of powered camping for event attendees
  • Maitland Hockey ($9,054): For come and try, coaching and development sessions
  • Hunter River Dragons ($8,178): For a boat trailer
  • Northern Suburbs Cricket Club ($7,500): For shade shelter
  • Maitland City United ($5,268): To purchase a bowling machine and generator

“This funding will help our local clubs and their army of volunteers to provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of sport and active recreation,” Cessnock MP Clayton Barr said.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to the successful clubs.

“I look forward to seeing the outcome of these amazing projects.”

Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison echoed those sentiments.

“Sport is a way of life in the Maitland,” she said.

“We boast a rich sporting history across so many different and varied sports.

“It also plays an important role in social connection for so many people in Maitland.

“So, I also congratulate the funding recipients and look forward to the projects they will deliver.”

For further information, visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/local-sport-grant-program

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