Lights installed for night stars at Maryborough Hockey Club

Media Release


14 August 2015

Joint release with:

Jackie Trad

Deputy Premier
Minister for Transport
Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Gerard O'Connell

Mayor of Fraser Coast Regional Council

Sport enthusiasts gathered this evening at the Maryborough Hockey Club to switch on the facility's new $216,968 lighting system, heralding a new era of community night-time sports.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said the Australian Government contributed $147,162 towards the project under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the social and economic infrastructure of communities across Australia, which is why we are providing $350 million under the programme to fund almost 300 community projects like this one,” Mr Truss said.

“I am especially pleased that this investment in the hockey club lighting completes the upgrade here in Maryborough, so players and coaches will have night access for training and competition.

“Hockey has a very strong following in Maryborough, and a total of six Olympic hockey players have come from this region. This new lighting will allow local players to improve their skills and help Maryborough continue its tradition of supplying world class athletes.

“Around 200 hockey and soccer players will use the lights for playing and training at this venue each week during the winter season. I'm sure they are looking forward to playing under lights as much as we're looking forward to being able to see them.”

Deputy Premier and State Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad said the funding was a boost for community sport facilities in Maryborough and would enable the club to host evening events in an outdoor arena.

“The Queensland Government is proud to be supporting this vital community project to enhance the Maryborough Hockey Club grounds,” Ms Trad said.

“This announcement is a fantastic example of all three levels of government working together to deliver a significant enhancement to our sporting facilities, supporting local clubs and the wider community.

“The new lighting system will improve visibility and safety on the grounds and will certainly help to boost community participation in sport in Maryborough.”

Mayor of Fraser Coast Regional Council Gerard O'Connell, who joined Mr Truss at the hockey grounds to officially flick the switch, said project works had involved the installation of six 25 metre galvanised towers to house 40 high-wattage light fittings.

“I look forward to attending night community events and sporting activities here at the ground for years to come,” Cr O'Connell said.

The Maryborough Hockey Club project was a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $147,162 and the Queensland Government $69,806.