18 September 2018

NSWALC helps teams get to Knockout 2018

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) has approved a grant of $80 thousand to the Newcastle Yowies Sports Association to support teams to play in the 2018 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout. 

The funding of $1000 per team provides a fee discount for the first 80 male or female teams to register for the event. These funds will be administered by the 2018 Knockout hosts, The Newcastle Yowies.

NSWALC Chairman, Cr Roy Ah-See said that the grant recognised the importance of the Knockout to Aboriginal communities across NSW and the challenges they face in fielding a team.

"The Knockout is the number one event on the calendar for pretty well every Aboriginal community across the state."

"But getting there can be a big challenge given the costs of fitting out a team as well as travel and accommodation," Cr Ah-See said.

Cr Ah-See said the grants are designed to reduce the financial burden on teams so that as many communities as possible can compete at the Knockout.

"That's why the NSW Aboriginal Land Council has a long-standing commitment to increasing participation in one of the biggest cultural gatherings for our mob," he said.

The 48thKnockout will be held at Caltex Park, Dubbo from Friday 28 September to Monday 1 October.

The grant has been made available under the NSWALC State-Wide Grants Community Benefits Scheme.

NSWALC will be part of the Knockout's celebrations and invites community members to visit its stall.

For further information, go to the 2018 NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout website at http://www.ko2018.com.au/.

Media contact: Michelle Aleksandrovics on 0429 585 291