State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward today announced that an LNP Government will commit $250,000 to provide LED Lighting for the Caloundra Cricket Club.
“I am pleased to announce that the LNP’s commitment to sport across the Caloundra Electorate continues with a one-off grant of $250,000 for the Caloundra Cricket Club,” Mr McArdle said.
“The Club is eager to meet the needs of Caloundra’s growing population and this grant would assist with the installation of LED lighting for the oval to better facilitate night games.
“Cricket is our national sport; part of the Australian psyche and the LNP is committing the money needed to help put Caloundra on the map as a major sporting destination, no matter what your sport of choice is.”
Club President Alex Cottrell said the lighting would provide extended hours of training and enable more night games, combined with solar panels would mean the cost of running the lighting would not need to be passed onto the junior players.
“It’s an exciting prospect for our young players who want to be like their heroes that they see playing at night in the Big Bash at the Gabba,” Mr Cottrall said.
“We need much brighter lights because a cricket ball is so small compared to say an AFL ball but these lights costs much more to run. However, with the solar panels a 3-hour night game can be played for nothing.
“The lighting will mean we can attract more elite teams who can bowl faster than 120km/hr for night-time games as well as creating a fantastic venue for other activities once domestic travel starts to resume.”
LNP Candidate for Caloundra Stuart Coward said he was thrilled to be able to support the Caloundra Cricket Club, which gives back to so many in the community.
“This is a very important commitment being made today, not only for the Club itself, but for many other community organisations that may now utilise this fantastic facility both day and night,” Mr Coward said.
“Caloundra Cricket Club has a long history within our community and the LNP are committed to ensuring these and other sporting facilities are maintained as they support the health and well being of our community, both physically and mentally.”