Date: March 21, 2014
Author: Troy Grant, Member for Dubbo

Forbes secures sports grant for juniors

ts grant for new junior development facility


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Troy Grant, Member for Dubbo
Media Release – Tuesday, 18th March

Member for the Dubbo electorate, Troy Grant said he was glad to visit Forbes to present a cheque for $25,000 to the Forbes Golfers Association who have received funding under the NSW Governments Sporting Facilities and Participation program.

Mr Grant said “I am delighted to announce funding for grassroots sport in our local community, by improving this infrastructure, the NSW Government is also helping to strengthen our local community through sport.”

The approved facility project will provide modern coaching facilities including chipping/putting green and upgraded practice fairway facilities. New facilities will incorporate a Jack Newton Junior Golf Development Centre servicing junior golfers in the surrounding Local Government Areas and Lachlan Valley Golf District region.

“It’s great to see this funding will go towards a coaching facility and will assist in getting more children in the community involved.” Mr Grant said.

The facility will service schools and junior golfers in the Forbes, Parkes, Lachlan, Bland & Weddin Local Government Areas (LGA); the only facilities of this type in the region. The introduction and participation of students in School MYGolf Programs aims to increase participation in physical activity and ongoing participation at Community Golf Clubs.

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Member for the Forbes Golfers Association Anthony Gordon said “the development centre will also provide modern coaching facilities for the Western Region Academy of Sport, which provides a pathway for junior golfers in the Western Region of NSW.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton said the funding was part of the NSW Government’s Participation and Facility Program which assists grassroots organisations improve local sporting facilities as well as encouraging people to get involved in recreational activities.

“As Minister for Sport and Recreation, I am passionate about encouraging more people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get active through sport,” Ms Upton said.

“I have seen firsthand how modern facilities make sport more accessible which in turn encourages more people to get off the couch and get active.

“I would encourage sporting groups and councils who are considering improving local sporting facilities or starting a new program aimed at increasing participation to apply now for Round Two of the program before applications close on 2 April.”

For more information and to apply, visit or phone 13 13 02.

For more information on how to develop a junior golf program contact: Jack Newton Junior Golf