Axemen get a fair chop of funding

AFTER having their playing field at Coramba Sportsground badly damaged by the recent floods there is now a silver lining for the Orara Valley Axemen.

The Group 2 premiers were announced as one of six sporting organisations in the area who will receive funding as part of the State Government's 2008/2009 Capital Assistance Program.

The Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, yesterday announced that Orara Valley will be receiving $11,829 for the upgrade of the existing amenities block and installation of additional lighting as part of $43,679 which has been allocated this year for local sporting facilities.

Included in the funding announcement were:

• $3,500 for the installation of safety fencing between netballs courts and the adjacent carpark for the Coffs Harbour Netball Association;

• $2,850 for the upgrade of cricket practice wickets for the Sawtell/Toormina Junior Cricket Club;

• $1,500 for the provision of a new synthetic pitch for the Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association Inc;

• $19,000 for the upgrade of lighting on three sports fields for the Sawtell/ Toormina Sports and Recreation Club;

• $5,000 for the provision of concrete steps in front of the canteen and change sheds for the Sawtell and District Soccer Club Inc.

“This is one of the most important funding programs for sport right across the State,” Mr Fraser said.

“This funding is dollar for dollar, but in real terms, with the assistance of the dedicated volunteers who are members of these sporting organisations, more often than not the effect is a four to one return to the community.

“Whilst this assistance is fantastic, I have no doubt that without the volunteer contribution, the job wouldn't be done and I congratulate them on receiving this reward for their invaluable time and effort.”

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