• Tony Bosworth

Wilberforce United under the spotlights thanks to $20,000 funding boost

Wilberforce United Soccer Club players are enjoying new lighting at their Woodlands Road grounds thanks to assistance from Hawkesbury Sports Council and $20,000 of funding from the government’s Stronger Communities Program.

The funding for the club was recommended by Macquarie MP, Susan Templeman.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman with Wilberforce United Soccer Club members, from left to right, Don Culey, Daniel Davey, Boris Racki and Adam Jones, with the new lights in the background.

The money has been used to install lights around the bottom field of the grounds.

“The lights have made a real difference to the club and its players,” Ms Templeman said.

“Members of the Over 35s told me they are particularly happy, because they’ve been able to play under lights on a Friday, close to home, rather than playing at Bligh Park as they have for the last couple of years.”

The next round of the Macquarie Stronger Communities grant is closing soon, and Ms Templeman urged local community groups to register an expression of interest through her office for recommendation to the government.

Tight deadlines for the grants program have been set by the government, and groups must apply by the end of this month.

“Any group that is interested in funding must put a form into my office by Monday, February 22,” said the MP.

Ms Templeman said she was pleased that one key criteria had changed in the new round.

“In the round coming up, $150,000 will once again be available for up to 20 capital projects in the Hawkesbury and Blue Mountains, but this time community groups will not be required to match the funding they are applying for,” Ms Templeman said.

“We have been raising the issue that groups have been unable to undertake normal fundraising activities throughout 2020 due to COVID, and it appears that this message has got through to the government.

“This will allow groups to complete much-needed projects that will benefit the community without the pressure of finding extra funding in what has been an extraordinarily difficult 12 months, with fundraising options in 2021 looking pretty limited.”

For more information on Stronger Communities eligibility and how to apply, visit https://www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/stronger-communities-programme, or email susan.templeman.mp@aph.gov.au

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