The NSW Government has announced a $55 million Sport Infrastructure Recovery Fund to help flood impacted sporting organisations get back in the game.
The Fund will support the repair and reconstruction of flood-damaged sports facilities including football clubs across North Coast Football and Football Far North Coast.
The fund is welcomed by Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) and comes off the back of extensive lobbying to the NSW Government from NNSWF and other sporting organisations.
“Northern NSW Football has been in discussions with the NSW Government from 3 March to outline the significant damage to infrastructure and to lobby for greater club support” Says David Eland, Northern NSW Football CEO.
The Fund’s benefits will extend beyond the pitch according to Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres.
“The Sport Infrastructure Recovery Fund will stimulate local economies, boost employment and promote healthy lifestyles in communities recovering from the floods across NSW so that people can get back to doing the sport and activities they love.” Mr Ayres said.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the repair and reconstruction of community infrastructure is an important step in the flood recovery process.
“Restoring local sporting facilities and grounds is essential to helping communities get back to a sense of normality after the unprecedented flooding we’ve witnessed in the Northern Rivers region,” Ms Cooke said.
Register your club’s interest in the Fund
The Fund will open for applications mid-year and the NSW Government is now collecting registrations of interest in the Fund.