[singlepic id=413 w=320 h=240 float=left] Edmonton Storm junior and senior rugby league clubs will kick start the New Year, sharing in over $22,000 in State Government grants.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the two local organisations were among 13 groups in the Mulgrave Electorate which would receive a financial helping hand from the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund and the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

“In this latest round of grants, Edmonton Storm Juniors will receive $16,360 to construct a shed, and Edmonton Storm Seniors will receive $6,227.20 to purchase catering equipment.

“Thanks to these grants the community groups will be able to fund important projects.”

Mr Pitt said that one of his ongoing priorities was to secure a permanent home for Edmonton Storm seniors and the establishment of a second rectangular playing field at Petersen Park.

“Rugby League is one of the largest sports in the region with some 18,000 people involved on any given weekend as players, coaches, administrators and spectators,” Mr Pitt said.

“Edmonton Storm Senior Rugby League play their games at Barlow Park and have had several different training venues.

“The junior feed-in club is bursting at the seams already and with the expected growth in the area, we need to find a permanent home for the senior club in the area near Petersen Park.

“To this end I have been working closely with Cairns Regional Council and Education Queensland to explore the options of a second rectangular field and permanent base for the Storm.”

Edmonton Storm Seniors secretary Kay Oliver said Curtis Pitt had been a loyal supporter of rugby league in Edmonton, both senior and juniors.

“He’s club patron of the Storm juniors and for seniors always available to give us advice and help us with any enquiries we might have,” Ms Oliver said.

“Because of the uncertainty of playing grounds we currently have no catering equipment and have been using everyone else’s equipment.

“The catering grant will allow us to start acquiring catering equipment for when we get a home ground.”

Mr Pitt encouraged all sporting and community groups to apply for a grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and The Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund.

To apply for the program, visit www.olgr.qld.gov.au and click on grants.