Fourteen local sporting groups in the Clarence and Richmond Valleys will share in $50,000 in funding thanks to the Nationals in Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.

NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the aim of the program was to increase regular and on-going participation and active recreation by encouraging more people to get moving and become active in their local areas.

There are four funding streams within the grants program ranging from sport club development, community sport events, access to sport and facility development and capital equipment.

“The Nationals in Government are committed to delivering the best possible infrastructure and access to sport for people no matter where they live and I look forward to seeing the benefits in our local communities,” Mr Gulaptis said. 

“Sport is the lifeblood of communities across the length and breadth of NSW and these grants will encourage people of all ages and abilities to get involved.”

The following sporting groups have been successful in the 2018-19 funding round:

  • Big River Canoe Club: $5000 to construct a new storage facility at Jackadgery
  • Maclean Football Club: $4288 to purchase playing strips for young players
  • Casino Croquet Club: $306 to purchase line marking machine
  • Casino Sport & Recreation Assoc: $6580 to upgrade floor at Casino Indoor Sports Stadium
  • Casino Rugby Union Club: $5000 to purchase uniforms, equipment & subsidised fees for junior players
  • Grafton Dragon Boat Club: $377 to purchase personal flotation devices
  • Clarence Coast Dragon Boat Club: $2956 to upgrade boat trailer
  • Coutts Crossing Croquet Club: $1641 to install shading over seating area
  • Harwood Cricket Club: $5000 to purchase uniforms and equipment
  • Lawrence Golf and Sports Club: $4018 to purchase equipment & uniforms
  • Lower Clarence Netball Association: $1819 to purchase two laptops and accounting software to assist with record keeping
  • Lower Clarence Rugby League Football Club: $5000 to purchase uniforms & equipment
  • Maclean Mantarays Swimming Club: $5000 to purchase lane ropes and storage reel
  • Yamba Breakers Netball Club: $3575 to purchase training equipment and storage locker