Parkes Shire and Northparkes Mines sharing the spoils with sporting groups

Funding Boost for Local Sporting Groups

Stacey Kelly (Northparkes Mines), Kelly Caruana (Parkes Soccer), Brendan Guy (Parkes Rugby Union Club), Angela Bottaro-Porter (Parkes Soccer), Sienna Tanswell (Parkes Soccer), Brayden Gibson (Parkes Soccer), Tracey Newbigging (Parkes Public School), Hubert Lehman (Northparkes Mines), Alan Gersbach (Parkes Sports Council), Danilo Bottaro-Porter (Parkes Soccer), Beth & Bill Taylor (Parkes Dragon Boat Club), Deb Abela (Parkes Dragon Boat Club) & Sandra Tildsley (Parkes Hockey).

Stacey Kelly (Northparkes Mines), Kelly Caruana (Parkes Soccer), Brendan Guy (Parkes Rugby Union Club), Angela Bottaro-Porter (Parkes Soccer), Sienna Tanswell (Parkes Soccer), Brayden Gibson (Parkes Soccer), Tracey Newbigging (Parkes Public School), Hubert Lehman (Northparkes Mines), Alan Gersbach (Parkes Sports Council), Danilo Bottaro-Porter (Parkes Soccer), Beth & Bill Taylor (Parkes Dragon Boat Club), Deb Abela (Parkes Dragon Boat Club) & Sandra Tildsley (Parkes Hockey).

From Dragon Boat racing to rugby league and gymnastics, sport in Parkes is sharing the spoils from the latest round of Sports Grant Funding announced by CMOC-Northparkes Mine (Northparkes) and Parkes Shire Council.

Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association is receiving $1494 for the puurchase of a 6x3m printed marquee for protection from the elements during the season and at gala days and carnivals.

Parkes Dragon Boat Club is purchasing two shipping containers and constructing an extension to form three boat sheds with $3,400.

The Parkes Police & Citizens Youth Clubs has received $2145 which will go towards the purchase of 20 metres of Airtrak for use by the gymnastics group.

Field splitters to set up fields to run Minki Hockey for 7-9-year old kids will be purchased with the $4500 allocated to the Parkes Hockey Association.

Parkes Railway Bowling Club will purchase seven new scoreboards to complete the upgrade of the scoreboards on all rinks with its $3135.

The search for Australia's next generation of top female cricketers receives a boost from the $917 awarded to Parkes Public School to help with the purchase of a complete cricket kit for the primary girls' team.

Parkes AFL Club has received $2000 to purchase match and training balls.

Parkes Spacemen Rugby League Football Club is also purchasing training equipment with $1635 presented to the club.

The purchases will include tackling bags, balls, an air compressor and field markers.

Parkes Rugby Union Football Club is receiving $3000 which will go towards the purchase of equipment to reward participants in a 'Try Rugby' program for students in years 3-6.

Parkes Sports Council Chairperson, Alan Gersbach was proud to see a total of nine sporting clubs received funding this round. However, he was a little disappointed that more projects had not been put forward for selection.

"Almost all of the groups who applied received a piece the funding pie, which is provided annually by Northparkes Mine and Parkes Shire Council. It would be great to see more clubs and groups put forward their projects and initiatives to compete for this valuable grant funding which promotes sport development and participation," said Alan.

Cr Louise O'Leary, who presides over the selection committee, was pleased that the projects put forward were primarily for participation related projects activities. This round funds were provided to Parkes Hockey to provide Minki-Hockey for 7-9 year old kids.

"Parkes Shire Council is especially pleased that these funds can help to provide sporting options for our younger residents" she said.

Northparkes Managing Director, Hubert Lehman said, "At Northparkes, we are committed to the health and wellbeing of our people, as well as the community in which we live and work. We have proudly supported the Sports Grants Program in association with Parkes Shire Council for seven years now. "Northparkes recognises how vital sport is to our local community; supporting the Sports Grants Program is one way we can contribute to some of the teams and clubs which do such a great job helping to keep Parkes Shire healthy and happy," she said.

In total $22,226 in grants were distributed this round.

The joint funding agreement between CMOC Northparkes Mine and Parkes Shire Council will distribute $170k in sports related funding over three years. The next round, which opens in June, will see a total of almost $57,000 available for sports related projects within the Parkes Shire.

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