Two major Brisbane sports grounds will share in $800,000 of grants funding courtesy of a Schrinner Council program helping community clubs undertake significant improvement projects.
Civic Cabinet Chair for Community, Arts and Nighttime Economy Vicki Howard today revealed Carmichael Park and Ashgrove Sports Ground Park had been recommended for funding under the Community and Sport Partnership Program.
“We’re investing $6,682,000 over four years in this program which is enabling clubs on leased grounds to invest in their facilities,” Cr Howard said.
“Better grounds, change rooms, club houses and amenities help attract more players to these clubs which helps improve people’s health and builds better communities.
“There are more than 7500 members of the sports clubs on the sporting grounds sharing in this latest round of grant funding and this investment will help them attract even more.
“Under the Community and Sport Partnership Program grants, Carmichael Park, home to the historic Wynnum Wolves FC, will receive $300,000 towards a $600,000 project to upgrade the clubhouse, workstation area and change rooms.”
Doboy Ward Councillor Lisa Atwood welcomed the funding, saying the Wynnum Wolves are an important part of the local community.
“Wynnum Wolves FC has a great reputation beyond the local area and sport,” Cr Atwood said. “With the club celebrating its hundred year anniversary, it’s fantastic that the Schrinner Council is able to support them through this important grant program.”
Ashgrove Sports Grounds, home to Valley District Cricket Club and one of Queensland’s oldest rugby clubs GPS Rugby, will receive $500,000 towards a major project to deliver female changerooms, first aid facilities, a new gymnasium and public toilets.
“As a sporting mecca in my ward for thousands of players and their families, it is important that we’re helping to improve Ashgrove Sports Ground through grants like these so it can continue to attract sports lovers of all ages for many years to come,” Gap Ward Councillor Steve Toomey said.
“The clubs that use Ashgrove Sports Grounds are growing and more female players in particular are taking the field, so this upgrade will help attract even more female players in the future.”
Acacia Ridge’s Mortimer Road park precinct will also benefit from the Schrinner Council’s Community and Sport Partnership Program, with $100,000 to go towards planning and design of improved community and sport facilities.