Tuesday February 17, 2015
Tanya Davies MP, State Member for Mulgoa, joined young local cricketers and their parents from St Clair Hawks Cricket Club to celebrate the recent announcement that their Club was successful in receiving a $27,542 grant under the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program.
The grant is for a sorely needed upgrade to the cricket nets at Cook and Banks Oval, St Clair used for training purposes by the club’s 275 players.
“The club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and I am delighted to support the St Clair Hawks Cricket Club on this important milestone with the upgrade of their practice nets, which includes a lengthening of the bowler’s run up to the crease” said Tanya Davies
The Club’s Secretary/Treasurer, Jason Lockwood strongly advocated for the Club throughout the grant submission process.
“Our club membership has risen dramatically in recent years from around 90 players to 275 this season, but the condition and maintenance of these cricket nets has not kept pace with the use they are getting. So we’re really happy that a grant of this size will go a long way to meeting the project upgrade total costs” said Jason Lockwood.
The total cost of the upgrade project is estimated at $40,000, the remainder of which will be provided by Cricket NSW (offered $10,000), Penrith Junior Cricket Association and the club.
“This NSW Government funding will go a long way to improving player safety and enjoyment. The club’s current cricket nets have suffered in recent years from overuse and this NSW Government grant will greatly help improve the safety and quality of the nets and the run up corridor for the bowlers as well as the batters” Tanya Davies said.
St Clair Hawks Cricket Club was one of 13 grant applicants who received a share of $300,000 total for community infrastructure committed to rebuilding NSW and creating local jobs in Tanya’s electorate of Mulgoa and supporting local community needs.