Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson, has announced that Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club is amongst 10 local sporting organisations that will share in almost $50,000 in funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grants Program.

The club is hosting the 2017 Bowls World Cup and has received $5,000 towards the running of this important international sporting event, which attracts competitors in both men’s and women’s disciplines, from 25 countries around the world.

The Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club has successfully hosted this lawn bowls event for over 10 years, with the 2017 Bowls World Cup kicking off on Monday, March 13.

“I am pleased to be in a position to assist the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club in again obtaining funding towards this prestigious event”.

“Not only does it attract international competitors at the highest level of lawn bowls to our region, promoting the sport of lawn bowls within our local community, but also provides economic and tourism benefits to the Shellharbour electorate” said Ms Watson.

The Local Sport Grant Program aims to promote regular and on-going participation in sport or structured physical activity and assists sporting clubs in providing a quality experience to their members. It also aims to address barriers to participation in sport or structured physical activity.

“The Illawarra boasts a strong sporting history, producing many well-known and recognised sporting identities. This is a testament to the quality and variety of sporting organisations within our region. I wish to congratulate the successful applicants and wish them every success with their nominated projects” said Ms Watson.

Nine other local sporting groups to receive funding under this round of the Local Sport Grant Program include:

Avondale Touch Football Club:  $2,000 for Referee and Coaches Development Program.

Illawarra International Judo Club:  $7,500 towards the reconfiguration of playing surface and development of a spectator stand and contest set up.

Kookas Cricket Club:  $5,000 for the replacement of wicket roller

Lake Illawarra Little Athletics Inc:  $1,000 for the purchase of software program to assist with carnivals.

Oak Flats Falcons Football Club:  $3,000 to purchase new playing uniforms.

Southern Crushers Rugby Club:  $5,000 for the purchase of club uniforms and equipment.

Southlake BMX Club:  $4,485 to assist towards the hosting of the Southlake BMX Club Open Event 2017.

Warilla Lake South MRLFC:  $5,000 towards the purchase of new sporting uniforms for the 2017/18 seasons.

Sudu Dragon Boat Club Inc:  $5,000 for the purchase of a dragon boat trailer and $900 to assist with training of volunteer coaches, officials and sweeps.


10 March 2017