State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today announced that an LNP Government would provide a $630,000 grant for Caloundra’s Australian Football Club to deliver extensive upgrades to their sporting fields which are used by 2,260 juniors and their supporters.
“The club and its sporting fields are an integral part of Caloundra’s community, representing comradery, family togetherness, friendship and an overall healthy lifestyle. I am pleased to be a part of ensuring that everyone who uses the fields have access to updated facilities.” Mr McArdle said.
Club President Russell Evans said that the facilities located at North Street are tired and in desperate need of equipment and infrastructure upgrades.
“The club is like a second home to many and this grant would go a long way in helping us to improve the facilities for them. An important step will be upgrading the change rooms to better support the growing number of women joining AFL. We can improve the couches’ Game Day Boxes, install a new electronic scoreboard and upgrade the lighting on the grounds so they meet AFL playing standards.” Mr Evans said.
“Most significantly this funding will enable us to finally start major improvements to the clubhouse. The kitchen and bar facilities need a complete overhaul and we would like to better cater for men and women in separate clubrooms. Long term, these upgrades would allow the clubhouse to become a multi-purpose building for the community.” Mr Evans said.
“Each week more than 2,000 kids use this field for AFL and Little Athletics so improvements to the grounds would support many young people.” Mr Evans said.
Mr McArdle said that an LNP Government would provide the funding at a time that would allow the club to prepare for future growth to the region.
“In my discussions with Russell and the Club they have told me they are anticipating significant membership growth in the 2 to 5 years, in line with the growth expected across the Electorate.” Mr McArdle said.
“It makes sense that the club be able to get on with expanding their facilities now and be ready for future growth, and bringing Caloundra’s club up to the standards we see elsewhere on the Coast.”
“Together we can continue to build Caloundra’s reputation as a home for sport.” Mr McArdle concluded.