Council backs players’ Kimberley experience
MOSMAN Park Junior Football Club has a $2000 grant from the Town of Mosman Park for 27 players aged 12 and 13 to go to a remote Kimberley Aboriginal community.
They will play barefoot games at the community after councillors doubled the contribution last week.
“Reactions from those players who have gone (to the community) before have included ‘ life- changing’, ‘ eye- opening’ and ‘makes you realise how lucky you are,” club representative Diana Richardson said.
Ms Richardson said the club had raised about 90 per cent of the $37,000 cost of the trip, which had already taken about 50 other players in previous years.
However, Cr Zenda Johnson opposed the contribution, and said while all requests from community groups were “worthwhile”, a staff recommendation $500 be given to the club had already been doubled at a committee, and a large amount of money had already been allocated in four previous rounds of community funding this year. Mayor Ron Norris said the trip was of great cultural benefit to the players, while Cr Brett Pollock said the money was an investment back into the community.