Shoosh for kids this winter
Poor spectator behaviour at junior sport is set to be addressed throughout the coming winter, with the Shoosh for Kids Winter Awareness Month taking place this May.
I would really encourage local clubs and associations to support this state-wide message, with more than 600 clubs across NSW already committed.
We want to see kids have a positive experience no matter what sport they are participating in.
I look forward to our local sports clubs getting behind this initiative and reminding parents and spectators that poor behaviour will not be tolerated.
This campaign is timely with the recommencement of winter sport seasons across the State.
With a full season to look forward to this winter, the Shoosh for Kids message is more important than ever.
It's great to see larger crowds and families back at community sport, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it is a fun, safe environment for children.
One of the best ways we can do this is to keep comments positive so that kids want to keep playing and enjoying the benefits that sport offers.
We know that young people thrive with positive adult role models and the Shoosh for Kids initiative reinforces positive, supportive behaviours in sport.
Shoosh for Kids Winter Awareness Month will run from 1 to 31 May 2021, with free resources available to clubs and associations that sign up throughout the campaign.
For more information or to sign up, visit: sport.nsw.gov.au/shooshforkids.
Funding available to restore war memorials
War memorials across NSW can now undertake further conservation work, with applications opening for the NSW Government's Community War Memorials Fund.
Applicants can apply for funding to support the repair, protection and conservation of war memorials across the state.
Thousands of people pay their respects each year at their local war memorial and it's important we protect these significant monuments.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available and can cover projects like conservation assessments, honour roll repair, cleaning, and repairs to war memorial halls.
Organisations including memorial trusts, veteran groups and local councils can apply.
We need to maintain our NSW memorials for future generations, whether it's trees lining a reflection drive or an honour roll in the main street.
Big, small, living or man-made - all war memorials are an important way our communities can honour the service of former defence personnel and their families.