CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) and Parkes Shire Council have announced the successful applicants from the latest round of the Sports Grants Funding Program.
Mayor of Parkes Shire, Cr Neil Westcott, was pleased to see many strong projects put forward for selection and said the number of applicants reflects the importance of sport in the Parkes community.
"The strong sporting culture in the Parkes Shire increases the opportunity for people of all ages to engage in an active lifestyle," he said. "Programs such as this promote and increase participation within the community and encourage people to create social connections they wouldn't have otherwise."
This round, which closed in September 2023, included the Parkes District Netball Association, who were allocated $3827 to purchase mini grandstands for spectator seating and $2,400 to purchase 73 netballs and a crazy catch bounce net for training.
Kellie Ostini, Secretary of Parkes District Netball Association, said receiving the grant would help the club provide more equipment for players and a safe space for spectators.
"We appreciate the support from Northparkes and Parkes Shire Council and can't wait to continue sharing our love for netball with the community," she said.
Other projects receiving grants included:
- Bogan Gate Recreation Reserve Land Manager - Purchase custom padding for retaining walls around multipurpose court to reduce the risk of injury for players. $4,000
- Parkes Croquet Club - Purchase an AED and two gazebos. $2548
- Parkes District Netball Association - Purchase mini grandstands for spectator seating. $3827
- Parkes Railway Bowling Club - Replace galvanised green edging under and around the greens. $4000.
- Parkes Touch Association - Purchase a portable PA Speaker System which can be used at Cheney or Harrison Park. $1200.
- Sporting Shooters Association Parkes Branch - Renovate the 50m target stop butt by installing swing away target frames. $1885.
- Currajong Disability Services - Hold an All-Abilities Swimming Carnival. $4,050.
- Parkes District Netball Association - Purchase of 73 netballs and crazy catch bounce net for training. $2,400.
- Parkes Golf Club Co-op Ltd - Run junior coaching sessions, conduct a junior competition and certify coaches. $2,700.
- Peak Hill Tennis Club - Fabricate a vermin proof storage box for storage of tennis nets, which will also double as a seat. Also install gate from tennis courts to adjacent park. $2,200.
Cr Bill Jayet thanked Northparkes for their continued support of not only this program but also the many other community programs throughout Parkes and Forbes.
"Thank you to all the community groups who applied for this round of sporting grants," he said.
"The diversity of sports offered across the shire is a big credit to the people who work behind the scenes to deliver such fantastic services. We strongly encourage any local sporting groups wanting assistance to purchase equipment or training materials for their players to apply next round. If you would like assistance with your application, please make use of the resources of Council's Grants Officer."
Northparkes Managing Director Jianjun Tian said Northparkes was committed to a number of long-term community partnerships, including the Sports Grants Program, which not only benefits our people, but the community in which we live and work.
"We recognise the importance of sport in sustaining a healthy and happy community," he said. "By providing financial assistance through the Sports Grants Program in partnership with Council, we're able to support a range of different teams and clubs within the local community."
The Sports Grants program is a joint funding initiative between CMOC-Northparkes Mines, Parkes Sports Council and Parkes Shire Council.
In total $28,810 in grants were distributed this round. The next round, which opens in February 2024, will see $33,650.36 available for sports related projects in Parkes Shire.