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!

  • Rhett Pattison

    Go you good thing.

  • UNSW Rowing

    UNSW Rowing Club thanks you for lending us your tinny for our training camp!

  • Owen Nix

    Best wishes with the project!

  • Tony Beeton

    Get into it

  • John McCallum

    Onwards and upwards, looking forward to the rebuilding of our great club and to ultimately share it with our amazing members.

  • Erica Butler

    Good luck and best wishes with the building of the new clubhouse.

  • Liam James

    Looking forward to being able to help out more for this, but also looking forward to seeing this wonderful facility brought to life!

  • Lindy NISBETT

    Best wishes rebuilding a bigger and stronger rowing club.

  • Sarah Smart

    I was upstairs in the clubhouse when the roof blew off. It was a very horrific experience at the time, which has affected me personally for awhile, especially during stormy weather. However, as a new member to the rowing community, I felt really heartened for the club by the support and concern of the local manning community, and the other rowing clubs. I look forward to continuing my rowing into the future in a new club house that will offer so much for the community, including disabled people.

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