- $60,000 for the Redfern All Blacks to host the Koori Knockout 2017 competition.
- Over 35,000 people will attend the festival to watch nearly 150 teams compete.
- The investment is part of the Australian Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS).
Nearly 150 Rugby League teams will head to Leichhardt in New South Wales for a four day cultural and sporting festival when the 47th annual Koori Knockout kicks off for another year.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion has commended the hosting team the Redfern All-Blacks for their incredible preparation for the event and their back to back wins in 2015 and 2016.
“The Knockout carnival is a great event that celebrates Aboriginal culture and sport throughout New South Wales with over 35,000 people expected to attend throughout the long weekend.” Minister Scullion said.
The Coalition Government is investing $60,000 as part of the $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy to fund the event which will see teams compete in men’s, women’s and junior categories broadcast live on NITV.
“It’s great to see competitions such as the Koori Knockout become one of the major events on the NSW cultural calendar. By promoting and funding this event we are able to highlight the benefits of active and healthy lifestyles and the importance of school attendance to the broader Indigenous community.
“The Coalition Government is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous Australians and it is great to support this important event for Aboriginal communities across New South Wales.
The Koori Knockout has been the start of many Indigenous NRL players’ careers, providing an opportunity for young players to showcase their skills to a wider audience.
“I wish all teams and players the best for the weekend’s competition.”