Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Soccer in Mackay set to kick goals

Media Release

WT199/2014

11 October 2014

Joint release with:

George Christensen

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.