A variety of different facilities have either been constructed or upgraded in the region over the past 4 seasons. The tour included visits to the the Oakey Cricket Club's lit training facility, Roma Cricket Associations' cricket standard field lighting, and the Kingsthorpe recreation site, west of Toowoomba, where a new turf wicket will be installed for the Toowoomba Cricket Association. The tour also provided an opportunity to engage with associations to start planning for the 2022-23 funding rounds.
Queensland Cricket’s Head of Community Cricket, Jon Stimpson, commended the efforts of the region’s volunteers with their planning and managing of infrastructure projects to support community participation growth.
“The DDSWQ region had 200 more Cricket Blast participants this season, compared to 2019-20, as well as an additional 30 junior teams from 2017-18. The investment into creating new and better-quality facilities is critical to support the participation growth that the region is experiencing” he said.
Since the 2019-20 season, over $170,000 from the ACIF has been invested into the region, supporting over half a million dollars’ worth of infrastructure projects. South Queensland Area Manager, John Butterworth, spoke of the potential in the region with regards to infrastructure.
“Towns such as Stanthorpe, Warwick, Goondiwindi, St George, Chinchilla, Dalby, and Roma all have great existing base level facilities. However, with additional investment, the quality of infrastructure could improve largely, and enhance the experience for regional participants.”
In line with Queensland Cricket’s strategic pillar of infrastructure and facilities in the new strategic plan, investment into community infrastructure will continue in 2022-23 via the ACIF. More information on future rounds will be announced closer to the season.