Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has today encouraged local communities on the Central Coast to attend the Annual NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout and see some of Australia’s best young Indigenous sportspeople.
The Morrison Government announced in February its plan to provide $800,000 to support the Knockout until 2022.
“The Knockout has almost 50 years of rich history and is one of the largest Indigenous sporting events in Australia,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Not only is this one of the largest rugby league tournaments in the world including men, women and youth teams, but it has become widely acknowledged as an important cultural and social event for communities in NSW.”
“It has become a four-day celebration of Indigenous culture and family relationships providing an opportunity to unite through the positive force of sport.”
“I am proud that we can support an event with such a legacy, and help showcase some of the best young Indigenous sportspeople from across NSW.”
“This funding will also help to develop an organising framework and a financially sustainable model for future events.”
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP, said the 2019 Knockout, to be held in Tuggerah, will include a record 164 teams, supporters and families, providing a major tourism boost to the Central Coast.
“This event regularly attracts more than 30,000 visitors and pumps at least $1.3 million into the host region—which is a huge boost to our local economy.” Mrs Wicks said.
“I encourage anyone in the region to come along and see some of the best young rugby league talent from across the state.”
The 49th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout will take place 4 to 7 October 2019 at the Central Coast Regional Sporting & Recreation Complex in Tuggerah.
It will be run by the Newcastle All Blacks team, who took out the title at last year’s event.
For more information, visit the Newcastle All Blacks website.