Hinterland Sports Gets $500k Funding Commitment from an LNP Government

Gus Gillespie (Mooloolah Soccer Club, President), Kylie Bickford (Bulldogs Rugby League Club, Treasurer) with Mark McArdle MP. 

Gus Gillespie (Mooloolah Soccer Club, President), Kylie Bickford (Bulldogs Rugby League Club, Treasurer) with Mark McArdle MP. 

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today announced that an LNP Government will support Caloundra’s Hinterland sporting community by delivering one-off grants of $300k to Mooloolah Soccer Club and $200k to Beerwah’s Bulldogs Rugby League Club.

Mr McArdle said that sport is immensely important to the Sunshine Coast and these upgrades to local fields and clubs will have a profound positive impact on the community. 

“The Sunshine Coast is developing into a destination for sporting events, driving our tourism and bringing a new demographic of visitors to our region.” Mr McArdle said.

“Though, it is the role that sport plays in our own community that underpins the decision to direct a half-million dollars to support these Hinterland clubs. Our sporting teams unite us, get us out of the house and contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle across many generations.” 

Mooloolah Soccer Club President Gus Gillespie said that the funding would help create a safer and more family friendly environment, which is timely given the clubhouse’s recent break in. 

“This grant would be fantastic for our club as it would enable us to build facilities which we desperately need for our younger and female players as well as the all the supporters who come here.” Mr Gillespie said. 

“Currently we have no toilet block at the clubhouse, no showers, no change rooms as well as no lighting at the clubhouse for the women who play softball here in the evenings. Given that the clubhouse was just broken into last week, safety is a paramount concern for everyone.” Mr Gillespie said.

Beerwah’s Bulldog Rugby League President Lee Robertson said that a grant would be vital in helping them meet the needs of their growing club as well as the growing community. 

“This grant would mean that we could dramatically change the landscape and the current clubhouse that we have. It has been our long term plan to improve the facilities including adding a second level to the clubhouse to accommodate future growth.” Mr Robertson said. 

“We have over 400 members, from ages 5 through to 45 including a senior women’s rugby league team which is the only one on the Coast at the moment.”

“It would just do a lot of good for the whole community.” Mr Robertson concluded. 

“It has been heartening to see what these one-off grants would mean to our local sporting clubs, especially here in the Hinterland.” Mr McArdle said.   

“The spirit and sense of community surrounding the clubs makes these commitments all the more important and I look forward to working together with them under an LNP Government.” Mr McArdle concluded.