House debates

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Statements by Members

Wide Bay Electorate: Sport

1:50 pm

Photo of Llew O'BrienLlew O'Brien (Wide Bay, National Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Last week I visited the Maryborough and District Hockey Association, to meet with President Tony Quaill, the committee and their talented players and to announce a $426,000 investment by the Liberal-National government through the Community Sport Infrastructure program. Maryborough has a proud hockey tradition, and the grant will be used to upgrade Maryborough hockey's indoor sports centre with new flooring, LED lighting and spectator facilities, to increase skills in a new generation of players and encourage existing players to reach their full potential. Once completed, the facility will be large enough to host national championships for hockey as well as other sports, including netball, futsal and volleyball. This will boost local sporting tourism and the local economy.

Before the Christmas break I also visited the Kandanga Tennis Club to have a hit of tennis with my mate Senior Sergeant Bill Greer. While there, I announced a grant of $160,000 to be used for new lighting and fencing and a new court surface. The old bitumen surface will be replaced with a synthetic surface, reducing the impact on the players. It was also a pleasure to announce $23,000 to the Noosa District Softball Association and $30,000 for a new power supply to the Widgee District Hall. I congratulate all those who had a successful application and wish them well in their future endeavours.