Soccer in Mackay set to kick goals
11 October 2014
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Dawson
Mackay's new $2.3 million soccer fields are on the way, with works kicked off today by Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said Australia is a nation of high-achievers in sport, so it is important that every region has the opportunity to find and nurture our next sporting champions.
“That is why the Australian Government is investing $1 million to build the new fields in Mackay under our Community Development Grants Programme,” Mr Truss said.
“As a government, we are focussed on regional communities and we are delivering $314.2 million for almost 300 community centric projects like this across Australia.
“A further $1 billion will be pumped into regional communities through our new National Stronger Regions Fund.”
Mr Christensen said there were currently 1,500 junior and 600 senior soccer players in Mackay.
“These numbers continue to increase each year, which is why we are building two soccer fields to an international standard, and an additional nine fields of varying sizes,” Mr Christensen said.
“Construction will also include a new clubhouse, as well as ample parking for cars and busses visiting the fields.
“The new clubhouse will allow clubs to host games locally, which will not only help the clubs but will also bring others into the heart of Mackay from around the region and provide a great economic boost.”
Mr Christensen said a project of this magnitude would not be possible without support from all levels, with the Australian Government and North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation each providing $1 million, and the Mackay and Regional Football Zone Incorporated providing $300,000.