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13 March, 2015

Local sport in Brisbane is set for a major revitalisation with Brisbane City Council investing more than $2 million into sixty five schools, sporting clubs and community organisations across the city.

Cr Quirk said the Community Sports Clubs Grants helped to provide high quality sporting facilities across Brisbane.

“These grants will provide community organisations with everything from a new mower to an updated equestrian arena,” Cr Quirk said.

“We are investing in the future of our sporting groups, reducing operating costs by funding upgrades to facilities, and helping clubs maintain existing facilities and implementing organisational development programs.

“With more facilities and new programs, even more people can participate in sports, in Brisbane.”

Cr Quirk said two northside organisations; Gibson Park Committee and Grange Thistle Soccer Club had been awarded more than $150,000 to upgrade facilities, maintaining existing infrastructure and implementing organisational development programs.

“The Gibson Park Committee will engage a qualified drainage and sporting maintenance contractor to upgrade the field drainage systems and level and returf the fields resulting in reduced drainage issues for the fields and increased use of the facility by the local community,” Cr Quirk said.

“Gibson Park is located in a low lying industrial area and is heavily impacted by any rain event due to the current drainage system. This can lead to the fields being closed for weeks at a time, impacting on club competitions and the financial viability of the club.

“Improving drainage at Gibson Park will ensure the fields can be used by the local schools and clubs, all year round and ensure the club is able to remain financially viable into the future.

“Grange Thistle club will use their $68,000 grant to upgrade their clubhouse to support soccer touch football and martial arts.

“The clubhouse upgrade will refresh the facility and create a more comfortable, welcoming and accessible environment for members of the club as well as the wider community.

Cr Quirk said Council had also provided $500,000 to the Gibson Park Committee in 2012, to help rebuild club facilities following a devastating fire.

“In April 2012, the Gibson Park canteen and administration building was burnt down, impacting on the clubs financial future,” Cr Quirk said.

“The previous building needed significant upgrades, which is why the decision was made to demolish the old building and construct a new facility to better meet the needs of the community into the future.”

Some of the other organisations receiving funding include:
• Baseball Queensland Inc will receive $100,000 to upgrade the training facility at Bannister Park in Hendra.
• Yeronga Football Club Inc will receive $100,000 to upgrade the clubhouse and BBQ area at Leyshon Park in Yeronga.
• Aspley Memorial Bowls Club Inc will receive $100,000 to install two synthetic greens for lawn bowls.
• Tigers Australian Football Club (Mayne) Inc will receive $71,691 to install lights to field two at Memorial Park.
• Coorparoo Junior Australian Football Club will receive $88,550 to install field lights at Griffin Park.
• Balmoral Cycling Club Inc will receive $82,484 to upgrade the criterion track and install drainage at Murarrie Recreation Reserve, Murarrie.
• Taringa Rovers Soccer Football Club Inc will receive $80,631 to install new lights on two fields at Jack Speare Park.
• Fig Tree Pocket Equestiran Club Inc will receive $100,000 to reconstruct the equestrian arena.

For more information on the Community Sport Clubs Grant Program please visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] MARCH 12, 2015

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