Joint Media Release with Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks MP
The Coalition Government’s strong partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council has been further strengthened through an $800,000 grant under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support the Koori Knockout for the next four years.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, joined with representatives of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council including its Chair, Roy Ah See, and members of the host team the Newcastle All Blacks on the Central Coast to announce that Tuggerah would be hosting the 2019 event.
The Minister for Indigenous Affairs said that he was pleased to be partnering with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, the largest representative body for Aboriginal people in the nation, to support an iconic and important event that not only celebrates Indigenous sporting excellence but Aboriginal culture in New South Wales.
“The Knockout is a special time of year for Aboriginal people across New South Wales to come together as families and communities and showcase Indigenous achievement and culture to the nation.
“Billed as the largest gathering of Indigenous people in the world, the 2019 Koori Knockout is being hosted by the Newcastle All Blacks on the Central Coast after their nail-biting 19-18 win over La Perouse last year.
“The Coalition Government is pleased to support the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and its 35,000 members across the state to hold the Knockout in the Central Coast and promote positive school attendance and health messages.
“I am pleased to have a strong partnership with the NSW Aboriginal Land Council and its Chair, Mr Roy Ah See, and the Coalition Government is committed to working with important organisations to support the largest gathering of Aboriginal people in the nation.
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks said that the Coalition Government backs local communities on the Central Coast and was making this investment to boost tourism to the region.
“The Koori Knockout is expected to bring more than 30,000 visitors each year and a boost of at least $1.3 million to the local economy – this means more money being spent in local businesses, local hotels and local restaurants and more jobs for our communities.
“The Central Coast is a great location to hold the Knockout and has strong Aboriginal communities across the region. I can’t wait to see the celebration of Aboriginal sporting success and culture held here later this year.
The Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Roy Ah See, said that he was pleased to have such a strong partnership with the Coalition Government to support important events like the Knockout.
“The Government’s investment in this event is a practical example of the commitment to work in partnership with our Aboriginal communities. The Knockout is a celebration of Aboriginal sporting success, but more importantly it’s a time for our communities to come together and celebrate our culture and our history.