State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward today announced that an LNP Government would provide $120,000 for needed facility upgrades to Caloundra’s North Street sport fields which is home to Caloundra Panthers Junior and Senior AFL, Caloundra Little Athletics and Auskick.
“The club is an integral part of Caloundra’s community. It represents comradery, family togetherness, friendship and an overall healthy lifestyle,” Mr McArdle said.
“There is a lot of history here with the club dating back to the 1970s but that doesn’t mean the facilitates should be stuck in that era. We are pleased to be a part of ensuring that everyone who uses the fields have access to updated facilities.”
President of Caloundra Panthers Junior Australian Football Club Michael Lane said despite the setbacks COVID-19 had presented, player registrations have been increasing.
“It’s been a tough year but whilst we’ve had challenges, our junior numbers have increased because people want to get out and be active. Each week we have 45 kids attend Auskick, 180 boys and girls in our Juniors AFL as well as 30 Colts and 50 Seniors,” Mr Lane said.
“This funding would allow us to update our facilities, making them more accessible and attractive for families and female athletes.
“There is no reason why Caloundra shouldn’t be the top destination for local families looking for a traditional AFL club,” Mr Lane concluded.
Caloundra Little Athletics Centre Manager Marc Niehus said they are also expecting a busy 4 September Sign On Day with so many young athletes missing out on winter sports this year.
“Last season we had over 200 kids and we are predicting that the turn out for the upcoming sign on day will be really busy as we’ve had more enquires than ever,” Mr Niehus said.
“To reiterate Michael’s point – this funding will help us ensure our facilities are accessible for female and multi-class – or disabled- athletes.
“We’ve got a great oval; it’s just lacking some of the finer details. We have been neglected for some time and we need to get our facilities up to a better standard,” Mr Niehus concluded.
LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward said that an LNP Government would provide the funding at a time that would allow the club to prepare for future growth in the region.
“Caloundra is booming. With so many families moving into the Aura area we need to ensure our great sporting clubs get the support they need to sustain increased athlete numbers,” Mr Coward said.
“Having modern facilities at our local clubs means we can attract professional AFL clubs, more players from across the region and have more local community involvement. This has both social and economic benefits for Caloundra.
“Together we can continue to build Caloundra’s reputation as a home for sport,” Mr Coward concluded.