Mrs. Wells was joined by Federal Shadow Sports Minister Senator Don Farrell at Oxenham Park this morning to announce the funding, which will improve player and spectator facilities at the club and allow for greater use by female, junior and senior cricketers.

The development of Toombul DCC is viewed as a high priority project for Queensland Cricket after a recent audit of community cricket facilities across the state was undertaken to develop the Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy 2018-2028, which was released in November last year. 

The funding announced today would be utilised to upgrade player and spectator facilities at the current Oxenham Park clubhouse to include female-friendly changerooms. A second facility will also be built at the club’s Number 2 Oval to include changerooms, spectator facilities and storage space.

Oxenham Park is a shared facility used by Toombul DCC and the Mayne Tigers Australian Football Club, with both clubs set to benefit from the redeveloped grounds.

The club is currently home to 129 Woolworths Cricket Blast participants, 62 juniorteams and six senior teams playing in the Queensland Premier Cricket competition. The improved facilities are expected to play a key role in driving cricket participation in North Brisbane, particularly through junior and female cricket. 

In addition to the funding commitment from Federal Labor, Toombul DCC isdeveloping separate projects to establish permanent sight screens, upgrade existing nets and lighting, and install irrigation and water access at Oxenham Park,supported by a grant of up to $50,000 from Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF).

The ACIF allows clubs, schools, councils and associations the opportunity to apply for grants to develop infrastructure for use by community cricketers and teams. 

More details on the ACIF and Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy can be found at https://qldcricket.com.au/get-involved/funding-and-support.