The Cairns Motorcycle Club at Edmonton is among five sporting clubs in the Mugrave region to share in more than $78,000 in natural disaster funding following widespread flooding and cyclone damage in Far North Queensland earlier this year.  The Edmonton facility will receive $25,000 to replace shade cloth and a ride-on mower and to improve drainage and repair the track.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the funds were part of almost $1.3 million being provided under the Bligh Government’s Sport and Recreation Disaster Assistance Program.

“In February, Cyclone Ellie wreaked havoc in Far North Queensland and there was widespread flooding on the coast as well as North West Queensland and the Gulf region,” Mr Pitt said.

Grants of up to $20,000 were made available to assist with capital works projects to repair infrastructure, while grants of up to $5,000 were issued for replacement of operational items such as sport and recreation equipment, white goods and canteen items.

Mr Pitt said despite the global financial crisis, the Bligh Government remained committed to supporting grassroots community organisations.

“Sport is an integral part in the lives of many Queenslanders and continuing to participate in sport and recreation activities is a welcome distraction for those who have suffered so much as a result of natural disasters,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Bligh Government recognises that access to quality, safe sport and recreation facilities and services is essential if Queenslanders are to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

“It is important that we get sport and recreation equipment and facilities operating as quickly as possible, so this funding will assist clubs to offset the costs associated with repairing or replacing damaged assets.”