Ballinger Park will be one of the venues to benefit. Picture: Facebook

The Palaszczuk Government is investing $23 million in four sport funding programs for not-for-profit community sporting clubs, state-level sports organisations and local councils. 

Queensland sporting clubs will get more than $16 million for shovel-ready minor infrastructure projects as part of the Queensland Government’s allocation of $23m in funds for facility upgrades in the lead-up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition $5.29m in $2500 Active Clubs grants have been approved for 2116 clubs to support volunteers’ training and equipment.

Round one of the $16.35 million Minor Infrastructure Program is backing 91 projects from softball diamond upgrades at Currumbin and hockey lighting in Rockhampton to new shade structures for Weipa lawn bowls. Other approved projects include $370,000 for a solar-powered heat pump to enable more efficient use of a swimming pool at Cloncurry, to $120,051 to construct a viewing deck to improve the facilities for hockey supporters at the Ballinger Park Sporting Complex.

“This $23 million investment in community sport represents 23 million ways of maximising Queensland’s green and gold runway to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games,”  Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“From the border to the Cape, we’re backing not-for-profit sporting clubs and active recreation organisations to build the infrastructure upgrades they need and support their volunteers to be their best.

“Collaboration is at the very heart of these initiatives to enhance pathways to maximise podium-ready Queensland competitors and coaches for 2032.

“And ensuring the Games deliver a legacy of tailored opportunities for Queenslanders of all ages and abilities to stay active, healthy and engaged in the community.”

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