New change rooms open at Moura Recreation Reserve

Media Release


30 September 2015

Joint release with:

Ron Carige

Mayor of Banana Shire Council

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

Sporting clubs in Moura today celebrated the official opening of the newly constructed Moura Recreation Grounds Dressing Rooms.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Coalition Government had contributed $200,000 to the project under the Community Development Grants (CDG) programme, and the Banana Shire Council had added $50,000.

“The Coalition understands that grassroots projects—just like these dressing rooms—play a huge part in making our regional communities great places to live, work and play. That's why we are committed to supporting projects that make a real difference locally and have a long term positive impact on regional communities,” Mr Truss said.

“We are providing $350 million under the CDG scheme to help fund almost 300 valuable projects just like this one to improve the social and economic infrastructure of communities right across Australia.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, who joined representatives from Banana Shire Council to open the facility today, said the project had involved building an amenities building, including change rooms, showers and toilets.

“Moura has always had a really strong community emphasis on sports, and produced some champions along the way. Home and visiting sporting groups of all ages will really benefit from these new change rooms, which could be used by upwards of 100 people a day at community sporting events,” Mr O'Dowd said.

Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige said the new amenities will benefit sporting groups throughout the region, including junior and senior rugby league, rugby union and cricket teams, as well as tennis players.

“Because shower facilities have also been built in the dressing rooms, they'll be able to be used during events like the Moura Coal and Country Festival and Moura Campdraft,” Cr Carige said.

“Council is proud to have partnered with the Australian Government to produce such a great result for local residents and visitors alike. Even better, construction and all building suppliers were sourced locally within the Banana Shire.”

Construction of the Moura Recreation Grounds Dressing Rooms began in December 2014 and was finished at the end of August 2015.