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New boat fires up Hunter River Dragons for further success


The Hunter River Dragons are fired up for more success on the water after taking delivery of a new boat this week.

The Morpeth-based organisation, and recently-crowned regional champions, was the beneficiary of an $18,000 grant from the NSW Government’s $37.2 million Local Small Commitments Allocation program.

The funds will enable the continued expansion of the club and allow more community involvement and participation in events.

The Hunter River Dragons are an inclusive outfit with links to local cancer groups, the hearing impaired, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous organisations, veterans, youth and aged.

They also stage beginners’ sessions, conduct cancer survivors’ get-togethers, have worked with Invictus Australia and sent crews to the Masters Games.

President Kerrie Greenhalgh was grateful for the timely windfall.

“The addition of this new boat will be invaluable in allowing our club to expand and assist in our community events initiatives,” she said.

The Local Small Commitments Allocation program provides $400,000 in benefits to people in each of the 93 NSW electorates.

It consists of more than 600 small community projects, ranging from capital works, supplies and equipment to charitable donations, playground and park upgrades.

A staunch supporter of the Hunter River Dragons, Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison, was ecstatic to help the group.

“The enthusiasm of the team is infectious,” she said.

“I am thrilled that, via the Local Small Commitment Allocation program, a new boat has been delivered to the club, which will enable the sport of dragon boating to continue to grow in Maitland.

“It’s so great to know the ‘Dragon’ represented Maitland at the Sydney Lunar New Year Dragon Boat Festival last weekend and came away victorious.

“The club members are fabulous representatives for our community.”

The NSW Government committed funds to the program, which will assist projects that strengthen communities and provide improvements at a local level.

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