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Parklands general manager Mat Morris and Shores United president Marc Patten. Photo supplied

Events site North Byron Parklands, which hosts Splendour and Falls Festivals, has provided financial support to sporting organisations in Byron Shire’s north.

As part of its Community Assistance Fund, Parklands says it has given financial assistance to the Shores United Soccer Club, becoming the club’s major sponsor.

Parklands’ media spokesperson says the club will receive $15,000 ($5,000 per year over three years) from Parklands (2018–2020), ‘which will allow the club to make improvements to its home base and purchase much-needed equipment and ancillary items.’

Shores United president Marc Patten said, ‘Our club facilities at Tom Kendall Oval and Shara Boulevard do not come cheaply, and we rely solely on the generosity and support of sponsors, canteen sales and volunteers. Parklands’ sponsorship is vital for the continued long-term survival of our not-for-profit club.’

Parklands organisers say they have also jointly contributed to a five-year funding partnership (along with Falls Byron and Splendour in the Grass) with Ocean Shores Public School.

‘The $25,000 contribution means Ocean Shores Public School’s music program will continue for K–2 students for another five years.

‘The highly successful program gives children weekly access to music lessons at school with professional instrumentalists through the Northern Rivers Conservatorium (NRC) in Lismore.’

Rochelle Wright from the NRC said, ‘The program integrates the creative arts syllabus and guides children’s musical development through singing, instrument playing, musical activities and building confidence to express music creatively.’

Parklands general manager Mat Morris said, ‘The Parklands Community Assistance Fund is separate from the Community Grants fund, which is managed by Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival Byron. Here at Parklands we love both soccer and music, so we’re thrilled to be able to assist our local primary school and soccer club.’

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