Thursday's announcement will allow for $924,262 to be allocated to community cricket infrastructure projects at Redlands Cricket Club, Gracemere Sports Club, Cahill Park Sports Complex in the Lockyer Valley, Wolston Park Centenary Cricket Club and the Cairns Indoor Centre.
The Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program was launched in 2018 and invited community organisations to apply for up to $500,000 to fund sports infrastructure projects. The program aims to ensure more Australians have access to quality sport infrastructure, encouraging greater community participation in sport and physical activity.
A total of $30m was allocated to the program in 2018, with today's announcement of successful applicants also coinciding with the Federal Government's launch of round two in 2019. This will see programs that were not successful in round one still eligible for funding next year with the pool remaining at $30m.
The successful grants announced today will fund a variety of community cricket infrastructure projects.
- Air-conditioning and ventilation installed at the Cairns Indoor Centre for Getting Kids Active Inc.
- Development of female facilities at Redlands Cricket Club to promote inclusive participation.
- Upgrading of facilities at Cahill Park Sports Complex to create a major regional sporting hub.
- Construction of toilets at the Wolston Park Junior Cricket Ground.
- Installation of outdoor lighting infrastructure for the Gracemere Sports Club.
The announcement of successful applicants for the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program comes after last month's launch of the Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy (QCIS).
The QCIS was completed after a 12-month audit of community cricket facilities across Queensland. The strategy sets out a 10-year plan for the development of cricket infrastructure that delivers community outcomes across the state.
Applications for project funding are available via the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund.
Congratulations also to Clem Jones Centre – home of Carina Junior Cricket Club, and Mater Hill Cricket Club on securing $437,400 for a broad sports lighting upgrade. Among other lighting projects at the Centre, this funding will ensure existing and planned new cricket net facilities are lit to standard, providing a better cricket experience for kidsand senior cricketers in the Bayside East and Redlands region.