Bright lights and sporting prospects, to shine at Bracken Ridge's McPherson Park

Media Release

FN081/2016

28 October 2016

Joint release with:

Luke Howarth

Federal Member for Petrie

  • Bracken Ridge Little Athletics lighting upgrade means twilight sports can begin at the facility
  • Bracken Ridge Little Athletics Club is one of the largest centres in Little Athletics in the Queensland metro North Region
  • Upgrade made possible by $150,000 investment from the Federal Coalition Government

Bracken Ridge athletes can now compete in twilight competitions with McPherson Park's new lights officially switching on, from a vital upgrade to Bracken Ridge's key centre for athletics.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project will help the region nurture Australia's next generation of athletes.

“Bracken Ridge Athletics Club is one of the largest Little Athletics centres in the Queensland Metro North region and I am confident this upgrade will help the centre in its mission to be a place where local children want to compete,” Minister Nash said.

“I am a massive sports fan and I'd be thrilled to see a future Olympian come from Bracken Ridge!

‘I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to and great sporting infrastructure can make that happen.

“The Club will also be able to compete with other larger regional areas by introducing twilight sporting events and competitions, ensuring its viability for years to come.”

Federal Member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the old lights had been in use for about sixteen years “so it was definitely time for an upgrade”.

“The new lights have already been a tremendous change for the young athletes and other sports teams that train on the field.

“We live in a beautiful area, with such an active community, and I'm so glad I was able to help Bracken Ridge Little Athletics secure funding for this upgrade” Mr Howarth said.

The Bracken Ridge Little Athletics Lighting and Electrical Upgrade project was jointly funded with the Australian Government contributing $150,000 and the Queensland Government $88,194.

  • Each year across Queensland, approximately 14,500 boys and girls enjoy the activities that Little Athletics has to offer.