About the project
The Manning River Rowing Club has a proud history that goes back to 1957 and is a located in a pivotal position on the Taree riverfront. The club building is a key piece of infrastructure for both rowers, community and sporting organisations across the region.
Each January the club hosts Rowing NSW’s second biggest regatta, the Taree Summer Regatta, drawing teams and supporters from Sydney, the Illawarra, Central Coast, Hunter Valley and North Coast regions.
The club sustained severe storm damage on Saturday 9th March, 2019 when it was struck by a mini cyclone. The clubhouse and boat shed was de-roofed and equipment and major structural damage occurred. The event happened during the Central Districts Championships Regatta, which was attended by around 1,500 people. Two people were taken to hospital and the event was cancelled.
With the devastating effects of the 2019 mini-cyclone, around $300,000 is needed to bring the club up to current building, sporting and community standards.
Specifically we need your help to:
- Provide disabled access via a lift to the club’s upper level, as well as installing disabled bathroom facilities
- Continue to host successful rowing camps and major regattas that involve clubs from metropolitan and country NSW. This includes improving our gym, meeting and catering facilities.
- Meet our ongoing obligations to community for social functions, plus school, learn-to-row and junior level rowing. This will ensure the club prospers well into the future.
- Support the ongoing health and fitness of our senior (on-the-water) and indoor rowers of all ages. Many of our over 60s rowers have an outstanding record at both state and national levels, including Masters Games, NSW and Australian Rowing Championships.
Through the club's fundraising partnership with the Sports Foundation, donations to this rebuild appeal are tax deductible. A donation of at least $50 will put the club back on its feet so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of rowing on the Manning River.
Thanks for your support!