Ashgrove and The Gap community sports clubs to get new facilities with Campbell Newman and LNP

LNP Leader Campbell Newman today announced that GPS Rugby and Valleys Cricket will build new club buildings, while The Gap Little Athletics Club will improve access to athletics facilities for local kids, if the LNP wins the State election on 24 March.

“An LNP Government will provide $100,000 toward construction of new dressing sheds and storage rooms to be built near the current GPS Rugby clubhouse.

“We will also provide $72,000 to The Gap Little Athletics Club to help build, net and light new throwing areas, build a new long jump pit, upgrade the running track and build a storage shed for equipment,” Mr Newman said.

“The GPS / Valleys project was identified on a master plan for the combined clubs, drawn up in 2007, and has been ignored for five years by Anna Bligh, Kate Jones and the tired, 20-year Labor Government.

“GPS Junior Rugby Club is the largest junior rugby club, and Valleys Cricket is one of the oldest and probably the biggest cricket club in Queensland.

“The funding that will be provided by a CanDo LNP Government will help to raise the standard of facilities for these local clubs, enabling them to build their membership and get more kids playing sport. That’s what it’s all about,” Mr Newman said.

Rob Anderson, President of the GPS Junior Rugby Club, welcomed the LNP funding commitment as providing a valuable boost to local junior sport.

“Junior rugby is very popular amongst local families and our club has been enjoying strong growth for many years now. This is a commitment that will greatly improve the facilities available to all our players and their families,” Mr Anderson said.

David Park, President of GPS Old Boys, said the LNP’s funding commitment to the club would provide more fitting facilities for the GPS Rugby community, and their partners at the Ashgrove Sports Ground.

“GPS Old Boys Rugby Club is one of the oldest and most revered rugby clubs in the state. Our club is a large part of the Ashgrove community and this commitment by Campbell Newman will ensure that we continue to provide the best facilities for our players and supporters,” Mr Park said.

Mr Newman said that The Gap Little Athletics Club currently has over 330 members based out of The Gap High School, and that the new facilities will also be able to be accessed by the school and the Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club.

“Over the past 10 years the club has received very little government funding and it expects to see an increase in membership, particularly after the London Olympics, and in the lead up to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

“Recent facility planning has identified this work as needing to be done as a priority to bring facilities up to regional standard,” Mr Newman said.

‘The Gap Little Athletics is very pleased to receive this funding commitment from Campbell Newman. We’re all about local kids and fun and healthy activity, and we appreciate the support,’ manager of The Gap Little Athletics Club, Gary Morrisby, said.

Mr Newman said that the LNP’s Get in the Game grass roots sports grants program would complement existing sporting programs, and shift the focus squarely back to local community clubs that support the majority of Queenslanders.

“We’ve targeted local community clubs to help them with projects like this one, and we’ve got new programs to provide equipment and ‘come and try’ programs.”

“For the first time, we’ll also provide registration fee subsidies of $150 for 40,000 Queensland kids over the next three years, to support families who can’t afford for them to join and play for a Queensland sports club,” Mr Newman said.

“These local clubs deserve stronger support, and they will get it from an LNP Government,” Mr Newman said.

“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track.”

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