[singlepic id=208 w=320 h=240 float=left]Sports participants from Mulgrave will benefit from more than $236,000 in Bligh Government funding as part of the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program.

The Sports Infrastructure program provides funding to sport and recreation clubs for capital works infrastructure to build and improve amenities such as playing fields and lighting for ovals.

The local organisations to receive funding are:

  • Innisfail and District Tennis Association Inc to install lighting to two tennis courts to support tennis at Innisfail – $41,382
  • Trinity Anglican School Limited (TAS) to upgrade two multipurpose outdoor courts at White Rock – $195,136

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Bligh Government, through the 2010-11 Budget, has yet again delivered for the people of Mulgrave.

“This new funding comes on top of more than $57,000 in Active Inclusion grants that I recently announced which went to 13 clubs in the Mulgrave region to help increase access to sport and recreation,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our local sporting clubs are the lifeblood of the community, and this infrastructure funding will provide a major boost to the area by creating jobs and giving people what they want and need.

“It will help increase their membership numbers and provide more opportunities for people to get involved and get active.

“Installation of the lights at the Innisfail and District Tennis Association will allow the club to hold more evening games, and provide more opportunities for people to play tennis without it effecting their work and family commitments, and generate additional revenue to support the club.”

[singlepic id=207 w=320 h=240 float=left]Innisfail and District Tennis Association Secretary Kathy Martin said the grant will make a huge difference as the club takes sun safety very seriously and only plays under lights.

“At present only five of our nine courts have lights, the installation of lights in the two additional courts will allow many more people to play,” Ms Martin said.

The club has a junior coaching base of 120 juniors, and has a total of 190 members. They have three resident coaches who provide junior and senior coaching, run junior fixtures, assist with senior fixtures and are the tournament directors for their two major tournaments of the year.

These tournaments attract state ranking points and draw players from as far south as Brisbane.

TAS Principal Mr Christopher Daunt Watney said the funding provides the school the opportunity to upgrade its facilities ensuring a first rate playing surface for use by students and the community.

“TAS can provide greater usage of the school’s facilities for students, sporting clubs and the wider community while also increasing the variety of sports available to include tennis, netball and basketball,” Mr Daunt Watney said

“The upgrade of the two outdoor courts at Trinity Anglican School White Rock will include the installation of a seamless cushioned multi-purpose playing surface that will lift the facilities to Australian Standards”

“With the school’s existing facilities along with the upgrade of the two multi-purpose external courts and the upcoming multi-purpose hall, TAS sees itself as a leader in offering a great variety of first class sporting facilities to the school and local community”.

Sport Minister Phil Reeves, who announced the new sport and recreation funding programs earlier this year, said the programs were designed to increase participation, recruit volunteers, and encourage disadvantaged communities to participate in sport and recreation.

“Under our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative, we want to help Queenslanders’ become Australia’s healthiest people by reducing obesity levels by one third by 2020,” Mr Reeves said.

“We all know the benefits of getting fit and healthy, and by assisting sporting groups through the Bligh Government’s Infrastructure funding program, we are ensuring all Queenslanders have the opportunity to get involved in sporting activities.

“That’s why we invest more money in sport and recreation than any other state in Australia.

“Our investment helps Queenslanders with their fitness goals and ensures Queensland is the premiere state when it comes to sporting achievements.

“The Bligh Government loves its sport, and we will continue to invest in the health and well-being of Queenslanders.”

About the Program

The Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program provides contributions towards the development or construction of infrastructure for participation in structured and unstructured sport or recreation. Funding is available across three categories and is dependent upon the total eligible costs for the project.

In the 2010 round, funding is only available under Category 1 (Minor).  In future rounds, applications will be accepted for all categories.


Total eligible project costs

Max. funding contribution ($)

Max. funding contribution (%)


Up to $400,000


60 %

other organisations

75 %
other organisations


$400,001 to $1.25 million

$240,001- $750,000
all eligible organisations

60 %
all eligible organisations


Over $1.25 million

$750,001 – $2 million
all eligible organisations

50 %
all eligible organisations

Follow Me On Twitter

Subscribe Share/Bookmark