WOOLGOOLGA’S bowlers are a happy lot today after receiving a huge grant among the 411 issued by the State government yesterday.
The new ‘Sport and Recreation Facility Grant’ has awarded around $9m in total for sporting projects being undertaken by councils and not-for-profit sport and community groups across the State.
The Coffs Ex-Services Memorial and Sporting Club at Woolgoolga will be using its $100,000 to lay two synthetic greens at the club.
Other local recipients are: the Westside Tennis Club which received $36,340 to upgrade its tennis courts; Orara Valley Progress Association was awarded $15,000 for lighting at the Coramba sportsground; Sawtell Tennis Club gained $6100 to replace safety net posts; Coffs Harbour and District Clay Target Club received $6012 to purchase a new mobile clay target trap machine; Coffs Harbour City Council was given $4085 for partitions in the male changing rooms at Sports Central; and Northern Storm Football and Sports Club was awarded $2900 for removable goal posts.
Sport and Recreation Minister Kevin Green said the funding would benefit thousands of residents across metropolitan, regional and rural NSW.
“The funding will see widespread improvemnts to facilities across the State,” he said.
“Grants go directly to local projects that build new or upgrade existing facilities – whether upgrading an amenities block, installing floodlights, resurfacing courts or improving oval drainage – this funding helps maximise participation in sport by providing quality facilities for participants and spectators.”
The program works on a partnership bais with the government providing up to 50 per cent of the total project cost.