Council supports sporting clubs at grass roots
  • Friday 24 July 2015

Council kicks another goal for sports in the region with the announcement of the 2015 Sports Field Maintenance Program funding recipients.

Sports, Major Events and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program was a fantastic initiative for sport throughout the whole of the region.

“This year, council will grant more than half a million dollars in funding to a number of sporting groups across nine sports field types: AFL, athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby league, rugby union, soccer, softball and touch football,” Cr OPray said.

“This includes $18,643 in new agreements for funding three sporting organisations – Coolum Touch Football Association Inc, Caloundra Australian Rules Football Club Inc and Caloundra Little Athletics Club – over a two year period.

“This is in addition to the 38 organisations which were awarded multiple years of funding in the 2014 Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program round and who will also receive funding this financial year.”

Cr OPray said the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program has, since its launch in 2011, provided consistent, equitable and appropriate support to help keep sports fields maintained across the Sunshine Coast.

“As well as the financial contribution towards maintenance costs, the program includes the continued appointment of a dedicated Council Parks Community Sports Field Officer who provides expert advice and support to sporting organisations to assist them in maintaining turf surfaces to competition level,” he said.

“This funding program encourages a partnership approach between council and the community with council helping sporting organisations to become self-sustainable over the longer term and the sports organisation encouraging healthy, active communities.”

Cr OPray said from a financial perspective, the funding support provides a strong return on investment for ratepayers.

“For the small amount of money contributed, the Sunshine Coast has nurtured a reputation across Queensland for the high standard of our sports fields,” he said.

“This has attracted many different teams and visitors from other regions to travel to the Sunshine Coast for training and competitions including a growing number of larger events.

“These include State Softball Championships at the Mooloolah Sports Complex, Maroochydore Cricket’s hosting of an Australian Women’s Cricket selection trial match, and Landsborough Cricket Club’s hosting of the Brisbane Heat Women’s T20 team.”

For further information about the 2015 Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program and the successful recipients, visit council’s website.