Treasurer and Minister for Sport, Curtis Pitt, says Far North Queensland communities have received a $2.3 million funding boost for local sport and recreation clubs.

Mr Pitt said the funds would help FNQ clubs, associations, and local councils to establish new or upgraded facilities, buy new equipment, and encourage greater participation at the grassroots level.

Mr Pitt said the latest $16.5 million funding round for clubs and organisations across Queensland included:
• more than $13 million in statewide funds to support 164 capital works projects in the latest round of the Get Playing Places and Spaces program providing up to $100,000 to develop new, upgraded or replacement sport and recreation infrastructure, and
• $3.5 million to 539 clubs and organisations across the state under the Get Going Clubs program providing grants up to $7500 to encourage greater participation in sport and recreation in local communities.

“As both Minister for Sport and Member for Mulgrave I know how important these grants are to local clubs, sporting groups and councils,” Mr Pitt said.

“I look forward to seeing the new, improved and replacement infrastructure projects in communities throughout or region as a result of this latest round of the Get Playing Places and Spaces program — ranging from playing fields and courts, through to clubhouses and new lights,” Mr Pitt said.

“Local projects funded under the Get Playing Spaces and Places program include improvements to the North Queensland International Raceway Association’s track, upgraded lighting at the Leichhardt Football Club, upgraded netball courts at Innisfail, an amenities block at the Gordonvale Pony Club, new training facilities at Mulgrave Cricket.

“There is also an upgrade project for the clubhouse in Sawmill Road at Yarrabah including expansion and fitout of the existing canteen, painting, tiling and replacing of two cubicles in both change rooms.

“This is the facility that the Yarrabah Seahawks Rugby League football club use at Jilara Oval at Yarrabah.

“Numerous local clubs have received funds under the Get Going Clubs program to encourage greater participation in their activities.

“These funds are an investment in local communities as well as an investment in our sporting future because every state, national or international sports star began their rise to the top at the grassroots level.

“Through this great program, clubs and associations and local councils in the Far North have received funding to train volunteers, purchase equipment and run activities which will increase participation opportunities in their local area.”

Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford, welcomed the funding boost for local sport and recreation groups.

“The latest grants will see major upgrade works on local facilities including new lights for the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association and Northern Beaches Mudcrabs Rugby Union Club plus a boxing gym at Mayo’s Boxing Club,” Mr Crawford said.

“In addition, nine local clubs and associations have been funded under the Get Going Clubs program to buy equipment, conduct training or accreditation courses, or to conduct membership drives and youth development programs.

“All of these projects will benefit our local clubs and our local community,” Mr Crawford said.


Get Playing Places and Spaces
• Cairns Pirates Touch Football Assoc – $100,000 to install lighting
• Northern Beaches Mudcrabs Rugby Union Club – $100,000 to upgrade lighting
• Mayo’s Boxing Club – $86,424 to construct a boxing gym
• Edge Hill United Football Club – $100,000 to construct a new club house and amenities
• Douglas Shire Council – $100,000 to construct an asphalt pump track
• Mareeba Mountain Goats – $79,986 to construct a cyclocross trail
• Yungaburra Tennis Club – $48,000 to repair ashphalt base and replace the synthetic grass on two courts
• Dimbulah Football Club – $93,540 to construct soccer fields
• Atherton Junior Rugby League – $100,000 to install lighting
• Tablelands Regional Council – $100,000 to replace existing tiles, install a chlorine dosing system and disability access chair lift
• Moranbah Kart Racing Association – $100,000 to repair and resurface track and kerbing to support karting
• Mission Beach Outrigger Canoe Club – $100,000 to construct a new training and storage
• Guides Queensland – $100,000 to construct an undercover activity area in Bluewater
• Hinchinbrook Shire Council – $100,000 to construct a court to support multisport in Lucinda
• Herbert River Gun Club – $56,278 to construct toilet facilities to support clay target shooting in Ingham
• Leichhardt Football Club Cairns – $91,832 to upgrade lighting to support football in White Rock
• North Queensland International Motor Raceway Association – $98,430 to upgrade existing race track to support motor sport at Cairns
• Mulgrave Cricket – $100,000 to construct an indoor multipurpose training facility to support cricket at Cairns
• Gordonvale Pony Club Equestrian Centre – $93,727 to construct a new amenities block
• Innisfail Districts Netball Association – $85,054 to upgrade six netball courts
• Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council – $67,277 to upgrade clubhouse to support multi-sport at Yarrabah

Get Going Clubs
• Barron River Cricket Assoc. – $7,472 to conduct level 1 coaching accreditation course and purchase $6035 of equipment
• Cairns Surf Life Saving Club – $5,268 to purchase one adjustable double surf ski and two paddles
• Clifton Beach Tennis Club – $6,149 to purchase equipment including a $2600 defibrillator and $1199 squat press
• Freshwater Tennis Club – $7,312 to conduct a membership drive and community coaching course and purchase $1360 of equipment
• Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club – $7,500 to purchase $8600 of equipment including two V1 canoes
• Koah Sports and Social Club – $7,500 to purchase a portable storage cupboard and $6000 of equipment
• Kuranda Recreation Centre – $7,055 to purchase equipment to support multi-sport activities
• Pace Running and Multisport – $3,945 to provide a series of coaching sessions and purchase $2345 of equipment
• Queensland Netball Association Marlin Coast Branch – $7,500 to conduct intermediate coaching accreditation and education workshops for coaches, umpires and volunteers
• Cairns & District Squash Rackets Association – $7,500 to conduct 15 come and try sessions and purchase $6000 of equipment
• Cairns Basketball – $7,500 to conduct level 1 and 2 coach accreditation courses
• Cairns Crocs Triathlon Club -.$7,500 to purchase components for electronic timing system and conduct training on its use to support triathlon in Far North Queensland
• Cairns Cycling Club – $7,500 to purchase a timing system
• Cairns Hockey Association – $7,500 to conduct a series of membership drives focusing on male participation, develop resources and purchase $2500 of modified equipment to support hockey at Cairns
• Cairns Netball Association – $7,500 – train and mentor volunteers in governance, facility management and succession planning to support netball at Cairns
• Cairns Rowing Club – $7,500 to purchase oars
• Kangaroo Rugby League Club –         $7,500 to purchase equipment including four portable shade structures
• North Cairns Australian Football & Sporting Club Limited – $7,500 to train volunteers in strategic planning, club governance and asset management
• Parkrun – $2,000 to purchase a $2000 defibrillator to support running and walking
• Radars Netball Club – $6,500 to conduct come and try days, provide coaching and first aid accreditations, attend Netball Queensland conference and purchase equipment
• Rovers Cricket Club Cairns – $4,905 to purchase $4905 of equipment including a cricket bowling machine and balls to support cricket at Cairns
• Saints Soccer Club Cairns Incorporated        $2,000″provide FFA/AFC ‘C’ youth license coaching accreditation for two coaches
• Cooktown & District Cricket Association – $7,500     to train and mentor club volunteers across four clubs over two days in strategic planning, succession planning, marketing and promotion and leadership
• Mareeba and District Cricket Club – $7,500 to conduct a come and try clinic and level 1 coaching accreditation and purchase a bowling machine
• Mossman and District Gymnastics Club – $2,352 to conduct a beginner coaching course, first aid course and purchase equipment
• Port Douglas Outrigger Canoe Club – $7,500 to train and mentor volunteers including strategies to meet community needs, developing community partnerships, marketing and recruiting, and maintaining more volunteers
• Surf Life Saving Queensland North Queensland Branch – $6,368 to conduct a two day youth development camp
• Weipa Bowls Club – $7,500 to train and mentor club volunteers over two days in strategic planning, succession planning, marketing and promotion and leadership
• Atherton Rifle Club – $7,200 to purchase $7200 of equipment including 36 targets
• Charters Towers Gun Club – $7,500 to train volunteers in governance, succession planning, planning for the future, financial management and fundraising, marketing/social media, event management, asset management, grant writing, sponsorship and risk management training
• Charters Towers Touch Association – $7,500 to conduct foundation coaching, level 1 and 2 referee training
• CT 4X4 Club – $7,443 to purchase portable ablution system including $2150 trailer
• Dimbulah Football Club – $7,462 to conduct three specialist coaching clinics and purchase equipment including portable marquees, footballs, agility poles, goal nets and bibs
• Greenvale Rodeo & Campdrafting Club – $7,500 to conduct two junior and two senior camp draft clinics and purchase equipment
• Herberton Memorial Bowls Club – $7,200 to conduct a 10 week come and try membership drive focusing on youth and purchase resources and equipment
• Moranbah Boxing and Sporting Club – $7,280 to purchase equipment
• Tableland Competition Car Club – $7,500 to purchase race car equipment
• Tableland Cycle Sports – $7,500 to conduct an outdoor recreation and mountain bike-specific first aid training course and purchase safety equipment
• Tablelands Outdoor Recreation Association – $6,400 to conduct an expo
• The Far North Endurance Riders Association – $4,520 to provide education and training courses and purchase equipment
• Tinaroo Canoe Club – $7,500 to provide swift water rescue training, first aid and governance training
• Tinaroo Sailing Club – $7,500 to purchase equipment, including a computer and software, purchase training manuals, conduct instructor accreditation and first aid training for volunteers and conduct a come and try event
• Bluewater Trail Blazers – $7,500 to provide equestrian instruction certification course and purchase equestrian education kit
• Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club – $7,500 to the purchase equipment, including a second hand surf boat and trailer, oars, rowlocks and tools
• Herbert River Netball Association – $5,552 to provide coaching and level 1 and 2 umpiring
• Hervey Range Rodeo – $7,500 to conduct two come and try days and purchase training equipment
• Hitch-n-Ride Horse Sports Club – $7,500       to provide level 1 horsemanship clinics, first aid training and purchase equipment
• Innisfail Touch Association – $7,500 to conduct level 1 and 2 referee courses and a foundation coaching course to support touch football at Innisfail
• Mission Beach Petanque Club – $7,202 to purchase equipment including a portable light system, power distribution system and a generator
• Tully and District Pony Club – $7,500 to purchase portable equipment including a mechanical cow, loading ramp, gates and panels
• Tully Netball Association – $7,260 to conduct level 1 coaching and refereeing courses and purchase equipment
• Tully Tennis & Social Club – $5,913 to purchase equipment including four mini tennis nets, a restringing machine, laptop and printer
• Brothers Rugby League Football Club Innisfail – $7,500 to conduct six come and try clinics for women aged over 17
• Cairns Motorcycle Club – $6,154 to equipment including a portable PA system, UHF radios and timing system
• Cairns Southside Judo Club – $7,500 to purchase equipment and conduct an eight week introduction to judo course for women and children
• Gordonvale Touch Association – $7,500 to conduct referee and coach accreditation courses to support touch at Gordonvale
• Innisfail District Cricket Association – $7,500 to conduct level 1 coach and umpire courses, a first aid course, come and try clinic and purchase equipment
• Innisfail District Junior Rugby League – $7,350 to conduct level 1 coaching course, level 1 refereeing course, Leaguesafe course and first aid course
• Innisfail Tigers Soccer Club – $7,500 to conduct grass roots level coaching and mentoring course, deliver six come and try days and purchase a line marker
• Mulgrave Combined Cricket Association – $2,400 to provide accredited coaches to support modified programs and purchase $1500 of equipment to increase female participation
• White Rock Junior Rugby League – $4,200 to purchase computer equipment including two laptops and a desktop computer