State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today announced that an LNP Government would provide a one-off grant of $100,000 to assist with installing new night 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 $100,000 to 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 new night lighting for the oval, providing extended hours of training and facilitating night games.” Mr McArdle said.
Caloundra Cricket Club Secretary Lenice Crawford said that one of the clubs primary goals was to better support state cricket as well as women’s cricket, which is currently experiencing immense growth in the region.
“This grant would go a long way in helping the club get the lighting up to a standard that is suitable for bigger games.” Ms Crawford said.
“Currently we have over 200 members along with their supporters, but better quality lighting means more opportunity for night time training sessions as well as night games, bringing more teams to our facilities. In particular this will help us attract higher profile teams to Caloundra which would benefit the wider community.” Ms Crawford said.
“It’s great to see the game coming back into favour with the next generation. The popularity of the Twenty20 Big Bash cricket has resulted in a resurgence of interest in the game for girls and boys.”
“Cricket is bigger than the game itself. It is a social place, helping to develop young people and giving them coping skills that can help them through life.” Ms Crawford concluded.
“Cricket is our national sport, part of the Australian psyche. Helping our local cricket club grow along with our other sporting clubs will help put Caloundra on the map at a major sporting destination, no matter what your sport of choice is.” Mr McArdle concluded.