Port Macquarie Given Sporting Chance With Funding Grants

Port Macquarie Given Sporting Chance With Funding Grants

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has announced that Hastings District Respite Care will received over $19,518 in NSW Government funding for two participation programs.

“I am delighted to announce funding for grassroots sport in our local community.”

“Hastings District Respite Care is a valuable organisation in our community and any financial assistance the O’Farrell/Stoner Government can provide is very worthwhile,” Mrs Williams said.

“The funding will allow two programs to be delivered to people in our community with a disability.

“One is to allow for people with a disability or dementia to learn to swim in the fast lane while the other program will allow people with a disability to enjoy land and sea based activities.

“These programs will reduce barriers to participation and make sport more accessible, which in turns encourages more people from across the Hastings and Camden Haven areas to get active and healthy through sport,” Mrs William said.

Hastings District Respite Care General Manager, Raymond Gouck said, “I think it was Kofi Annan that said community involvement and partnerships with society is increasingly seen as being indispensable; so too is the funding received by Hastings Respite Care indispensable in developing opportunities for people living with a disability or dementia.
“These funds will enable them to access and participate in physical community activities,” Mr Gouck said.
Mrs Williams said, “The Camden Haven Dragon Boat Club has also been successful in applying for funding and has been awarded a grant of $1,865 for solar lighting at the Dragon Boat Clubhouse.

“I spent some time with club members on Sunday morning and enjoyed a paddle on the Camden Haven River with both experienced and novice dragon boaters.

“The Camden Haven Dragon Boat Club is a group of motivated and enthusiastic people lead by President Lyn Buckley who are keen to welcome new members who are interested in trying this water sport.

“By improving the grassroots infrastructure, the NSW Government is also helping to strengthen our local community through sport,” Mrs William said.

Minister Gabrielle Upton added the funding was part of the NSW Government’s Participation and Facility Program which assists grassroots organisations improve local sporting facilities as well as encouraging people to get involved in recreational activities.

“As Minister for Sport and Recreation, I am passionate about encouraging more people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get active through sport,” Ms Upton said.

“I have seen firsthand how modern facilities make sport more accessible which in turns encourages more people to get off the couch and get active.

“I would encourage sporting groups and councils who are considering improving local sporting facilities or starting a new program aimed at increasing participation to apply now for Round Two of the program before applications close on 2 April.”

For more information and to apply, visit www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants or phone 13 13 02

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