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Sporting clubs get government support

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Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin with members of the Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club. The Club’s Rainbows Dragon Abreast group will receive $1,440 in funding under the Local Sport Grant Program. Photo supplied.

Local north coast sporting clubs are benefitting from funding through the Local Sport Grant Program that has seen a diverse range of clubs receive funding. From archery and sailing to basketball and tennis there are plenty of local sports clubs that have received funding for everything from uniforms to bows and arrows.

‘I know that sport is the lifeblood of our community, and that is why we are providing this extra support for our local Clubs,’ said Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin.

Tamara Smith, Greens Member for Ballina visited the Byron Archery Club at the Cavanbah Centre, Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay on Wednesday to congratulate the club on its Local Sport Grant.

Tamara Smith MP (right) presents Byron Archery Club President Vincent Bleakley with a $5,000 Local Sports Grant. Photo supplied.

‘I am very happy to facilitate a $5,000 grant to a club that is small but growing. The club will use it for buying new bows, arrows and targets to encourage more people to join,’ said Ms Smith.

Some of the sport Clubs on the North Coast who will benefits from this funding include:

·         Mullumbimby Junior Rugby League – $5,000 to purchase uniforms

·         Richmond River Sailing Club – $2,929 for a canopy for the centre console

·         Rainbow Dragon Abreast – $1,440 to purchase racing shirts

·         Northern Rivers Easy Riders – $2,669 to purchase a trailer to transport and store the Club’s event equipment      

·         Ballina Basketball Association – $5,000 to purchase equipment, uniforms and to subsidise travel

·         Alstonville Amateur Swimming Club -$10,034 to upgrade pool starting blocks

·         Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Referees Association – $1,500 to subsidise travel costs for junior referees to attend development camp

·         Alstonville Tennis Club – $1,850 to develop a Club website to promote tennis in the community

·         Wollongbar – Alstonville Rugby Club – $5,000 to purchase player jerseys and training shirts

·         AFL Northern Rivers Juniors – $4,495 to purchase playing uniforms and training equipment

·         Alstonville Hockey Club – $5,000 to subsidise uniform and player fees

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