Sports funds help young rugby player achieve dream

ABOVE: Charles Charlton-Walker with the Wellington coach.
  Clarence Valley residents who are 19 years of age or younger and competing in or attending a cultural/sporting event at national or international level, are eligible to apply for the Clarence Valley Cultural & Sports Trust Fund. Last month Charles Charlton-Walker received funds to travel to New Zealand to represent Australia in the Under 17 Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team. It was his first trip overseas trip. His mother, Kahlua Charlton, said the experience was fantastic on a sporting level and Charles enjoyed many cultural experiences such as a traditional Maori welcome as well as visiting the local sights and museums. “Our family and the local community are so proud of Charles’ achievements; and without the support from the Cultural & Sports Trust Fund and local businesses, he may not have had the opportunity to go over and play,” she said. Applications can only be submitted online via the SmartyGrants link at by searching for funding opportunities. Applicants need to read the Clarence Valley Cultural & Sports Trust Fund Policy to check eligibility before applying. Applications are open all year round, but must be submitted at least 30 days prior to an event being held, to allow for a report to be prepared for consideration at a council meeting. Council meeting dates can be viewed at – Council Meetings 2016. For inquires, contact Sammy Lovejoy on 6642 0957 or email