Latest Recipients Of Sports Grant Funding Announced

Published on 07 November 2023


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. Programs such as this promote and increase participation within the community and encourage people to create social connections they wouldn't have otherwise," said Cr Westcott.

This round, which closed in September 2023, included the Parkes District Netball Association, who were allocated $3827.00 to purchase mini grandstands for spectator seating and $2,400.00 to purchase 73 netballs and a crazy catch bounce net for training.

Kellie Ostini, Secretary of Parkes District Netball Association, said "receiving this grant will help our club provide more equipment for our players and a safe space for spectators, who are both valuable members of our netball community. We appreciate the support from Northparkes and Parkes Shire Council and can't wait to continue sharing our love for netball with the community."

Other projects receiving grants included:

Association Name


Granted $

Bogan Gate Recreation Reserve Land Manager

Purchase custom padding for retaining walls around multipurpose court to reduce the risk of injury for players.


Parkes Croquet Club Inc.

Purchase an AED and two gazebos.


Parkes District Netball Association

Purchase mini grandstands for spectator seating.


Parkes Railway Bowling Club

Replace galvanised green edging under and around the greens.


Parkes Touch Association

Purchase a portable PA Speaker System which can be used at Cheney or Harrison Park.


Sporting Shooters Association Parkes Branch

Renovate the 50m target stop butt by installing swing away target frames.


Currajong Disability Services

Hold an All-Abilities Swimming Carnival.


Parkes District Netball Association

Purchase of 73 netballs and crazy catch bounce net for training.


Parkes Golf Club Co-op Ltd

Run junior coaching sessions, conduct a junior competition and certify coaches.


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.



Total Granted



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. 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,” added Cr Jayet.

Northparkes Managing Director Jianjun Tian said, “At Northparkes, we are 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. 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," added Mr Tian.

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 a total of $33,650.36 available for sports related projects within the Parkes Shire. 

Photo caption

Back - Left to Right: Cr Bill Jayet (Councillor-Parkes Shire Council), Chloe Allan (Northparkes Mines), Taylor Draper (Currajong Disability Services), Greg Howlett (Parkes Railway Bowling Club), Kellie Ostini (Parkes District Netball Association), Dave Porter (Parkes Touch Association), Peter Bristol (Parkes Golf Club Co-op Ltd), Brian Drabsch (Sporting Shooters Association Parkes Branch), Cr Neil Westcott (Mayor - Parkes Shire Council)

Front - Left to Right: Ella Donnelly, Madelyn Donnelly, Gemma Orr and Charlotte Orr (Parkes District Netball Association), Brooke Plunkett (Northparkes Mines)



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