$50K in grant funding for local sporting clubs

Jamie Parker MP for Balmain, has secured grant funding of $50,000 for seven local sporting clubs as part of the NSW Government’s 2018 Local Sport Grants Program.

The NSW Government has committed funds to new community infrastructure projects that will enhance much needed local facilities.

Commenting on the grants, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain said:

“I’m delighted to have been able to facilitate this grassroots funding, which will deliver much-needed improvements to sports clubs in our local community.

“From the sailing club to the footy club, sport encourages a sense of community in our local area. We have a raft of remarkable local sporting organisations in the Inner West and I’m so happy to have the chance to help them succeed.  

“It’s very rewarding for me to work alongside such committed and passionate people and to be able to help in their efforts to make our area a better place to live for everyone.”


Chris Durman from Balmain Sailing Club, said:

“Our club provides the opportunity for like-minded sailors to gather and participate in our sport. We conduct a comprehensive racing experience for both dinghies and keel boats, and we run a sailing school that introduces people to our sport.

“We also run the Balmain Regatta the oldest Regatta still running in the country, inviting all Sydney clubs to participate.

“We’ll be spending the grant money on a much needed toilet and kitchen upgrade and disability access for our club. Every bit of assistance we can get to upgrade our premises is appreciated.”


Anthony Leed from Balmain Junior Rugby, said:

“We’ve received a grant to purchase a scrum machine for Balmain Junior Rugby Club.

“The machine provides a controlled and steady environment to teach the players the correct techniques to execute a scrum restart. It is important that the players learn how to form and execute the scrum correctly to ensure their safety.

“The Club is a not for profit Incorporated Association run entirely by parent volunteers so grants like this are key to helping us provide the equipment our players need.”


Liza Schaeper from Leichhardt Saints Football Club, said:

“We received funds to make a range of off-competition programs more affordable including a school holiday camp for junior players, a nursery program for U4 and U5 players and a summer program so juniors can continue the fun after the regular season finishes.

“We also received funds to purchase uniforms and a new container to keep our gear at King George Park.

“These grants help us to keep fees down to reduce finance as a barrier to registration.”


The successful projects in the Balmain electorate for 2018 are:

  • Balmain Junior Rugby
  • Leichhardt Saints Football Club
  • Glebe District Hockey Club
  • Balmain Amateur Swimming And Water Polo Club
  • Balmain Sailing Club
  • Balmain & District Football Club
  • Pacific Dragons Dragon Boat & Outrigger Canoe Club

Since 2011 Jamie has facilitated over $1 million in grants for local, community and sports organisations in the Balmain electorate.


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