Sporting facilities at Pizzey Park to receive boost
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for families who use sporting facilities at Pizzey Park in the Burleigh electorate following initial approval of a major project by the LNP Government.
Get Playing Plus is part of the Government’s strong plan to support grassroots sport and recreation by assisting local clubs.
Member for Burleigh Michael Hart said the Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club would receive a $586,067 grant, subject to final approvals, to construct synthetic grass and hot shot courts together with player shelters and a pavilion, which would make it more enjoyable to play and exercise.
“Sport and recreation clubs are an important part of the community, providing health and social benefits, so it is important that they have the right facilities for members,” Mr Hart said.
“While Labor ignored Queensland children and other sport participants, we are working to get more Queenslanders active by boosting facilities and services and lowering the cost for families.
“I am thrilled that the Burleigh electorate will soon benefit from these new tennis facilities, and I hope that it helps deliver greater participation at the grassroots level.
Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said 24 projects statewide had been approved funding to provide new sport and recreation facilities or improve existing facilities.
“We want to ensure that sport and recreation clubs and organisations have the capacity to offer services and participation opportunities to Queenslanders,” Mr Dickson said.
“This program provides assistance to councils and community not-for-profit sport and recreation organisations to identify, develop and deliver high-need infrastructure projects, to support the development of facilities that will increase participation.”
“We have seen some great results from our Get in the Game initiative since it kicked off in 2012, with more than 67,000 vouchers issued to assist kids who can least afford to participate in sport or recreation.
“We’ve also helped 1,330 clubs with activities to increase participation and approved 360 infrastructure and facilities projects.
“There is more to do though and we will continue with our strong plan for the future.”
Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club president Mike Evans said the project would be undertaken in partnership with the Miami Tennis Club.
“Our two clubs are located side by side and we’ve developed a strong relationship over the years. This project will see that relationship strengthened further,” Mr Evans said.
“Once the project is finished Gold Coast Seniors will have a lease over six courts adjacent to their facility and Miami Tennis Club will have a lease over four courts adjacent to their facility – with the courts owned by the Gold Coast City Council.
“Our two clubs will continue to come together under the banner of Pizzey Park Tennis Courts for tournaments. With this project we will be able to offer an expanded combined facility – benefiting both clubs.”
Further information is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.
[ENDS] 11 December 2014