Sporting groups from across the Central Coast were celebrating their share of $50,000 in local sport grants under the State Government’s $3.5 million Local Sport Grant Program.
NSW Minister for Sport, Mr Stuart Ayres, and Liberal Candidate for the Gosford by-election, Ms Jilly Pilon, joined club representatives at the Gosford Sailing Club on Friday, March 31, to award the grants. Mr Ayres said he grew up with local sporting groups, so it was important to give back. “I was one of those guys that got onto the committee at my local footy club, so I’ve found out a lot about what it was like to talk to the Treasurer, mark the lines, make sure the canteen is making enough money so you could actually buy the balls, the witches hats, and found a way to look after the guy who couldn’t quiet pay their registration fee on time,” Mr Ayres said. “All of those types of experiences are something that this program is here for,” he said. Ms Pilon said sport had always been a part of her and her family’s life.
“From playing golf at Gosford and down at Everglades, I grew up playing netball at Adcock Park, basketball when we used to have a basketball stadium here at Gosford instead of Terrigal, and playing tennis at Gosford Tennis Club. “It’s great to see funds going to such a broad and diverse range of sports across this electorate, which is fantastic,” Ms Pilon said. Clubs who shared in the funding were $5,000 to the Gosford Sailing Club, Kariong and Districts Rugby Club, Central Coast Touch Football, Gosford Water Polo Club, and the Gosford District Tennis Club. Source:
Interview, Mar 31, 2017 Media Conference, Mar 31, 2017 Jilly Pilon, Liberal Candidate for Gosford By-election Stuart Ayres, NSW Minister for Sport Jarrod Melmeth, Journalist