AS Manning-area sporting club officials grapple with problems associated with starting summer sports caused by complications with COVID-19 regulations, the NSW Sports Minister has called for community sport to restart when the 70 per cent double vaccination rate is achieved.
NSW Sports Minister Natalie Ward told Sydney radio station 2BG she has presented a plan to the health minister.
"At 70 per cent groups of 20 can gather, so why can't they gather and train together?'' she asked.
Currently, community sport is not included in the 70 per cent roadmap for the fully vaccinated, it has been reported.
Winter sports in this area wound up soon after NSW went into lockdown on Saturday, August 14.
The lockdown was originally intended to last two weeks, with sporting groups planning to resume in early September. However, when the lockdown was extended this became impossible.
Lower North Coast Rugby Union was up to the grand final, originally to be played on Saturday, August 21. The inaugural grand finals of the Mid North Coast Hockey League were scheduled for August 14 but didn't proceed due to concerns the matches wouldn't be over before the lockdown started at 5pm.
Group Three junior and senior league, Football Mid North Coast, Manning Hockey and Manning Valley Netball all cancelled their seasons. All would have played grand finals in September.
Now summer sport is in limbo, with nothing expected to happen until at least early November.
Manning Cricket Association last week hoped to contact Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, seeking clarification. Cricket traditionally begins the Saturday after the October long weekend. Newcastle Cricket Association last week announced competitions won't start until at least Saturday, November 6.
Lower North Coast Branch surf life saving clubs last week started patrols. However, it's understood the majority of clubs will delay taking registrations for nippers until the situation is clearer.
With the Manning currently out of lockdown, social bowls and club championships have resulted at most bowling clubs.