Cricket facility infrastructure across flood-affected regions in NSW and Queensland, including Penrith and Hawkesbury, can now be rebuilt and recovered with the help of a $500,000 recovery kitty from Cricket Australia’s Natural Disaster Recovery Fund (NDRF).
The NDRF has been established to provide infrastructure funding for cricket projects which have been directly or indirectly affected by natural disasters.
The objective of the NDRF is to assist players, officials, volunteers and communities across Australian Cricket to recover from their setbacks and rebuild the facilities around the sport that have been rendered unplayable following the recent natural disasters in the area.
The fund is open to all clubs, associations, schools, Councils, Woolworths Cricket Blast Centres and cricket facility managers across Australia that reside in a natural disaster-affected area determined by the Australian Tax Office.
Grants of between $1,000 and $30,000 are available to those impacted, while funding of over $30,000 may be awarded on a case-by-case basis to those facilities suffering an extreme level of natural disaster impact.
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon welcomed the much-needed investment from Cricket Australia for the flood affected communities in NSW.
“We have all been significantly moved by the hardship so many communities in NSW and Queensland have suffered following the floods of the past 12 months,” Germon said.
“For many, cricket, and sport in general, are the heartbeat of those communities and re-establishing infrastructure and competitions in those areas is an important part of the recovery.
“Cricket NSW is very grateful to Cricket Australia and the Natural Disaster Recovery Fund and we are determined to support clubs, associations, schools, Councils, Woolworths Cricket Blast Centres and cricket facility managers across the state in applying for these grants.”
Those affected are encouraged to contact their local Cricket NSW staff.