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 Former 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

Calliope's cracking new community hub complete

Media Release

JM072/2018

07 April 2018

Joint release with:

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

  • First stage of Calliope Central Bowls Club upgrade completed
  • Project will create an all-weather community facility
  • The Coalition Government invested $360,000 in the project

The completion of the first stage of the Calliope Central Bowls Club renovation, in Calliope south of Gladstone, will support increased participation in sports, community and cultural events.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the club's upgraded facilities would encourage locals to get involved in a range of ‘fun’ and rewarding social activities like barefoot bowls.

“This is a huge project for the club's 3,500 social members. Sports venues like this not only boost fitness and health but also serve as a vital community hub,” Dr McVeigh said.

“It is great to be able to deliver an important piece of community infrastructure, and support the local club after it was damaged by Cyclone Debbie.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said stage one of the project installed a weatherproof roof over the existing bowling green.

“Sometimes the jack is difficult enough to see during the day, let alone at night, so another important part of the project was installing LED lighting to illuminate the entire playing surface,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“Projects like these not only inject money into local communities but also help to create strong social bonds.”

This project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($360,000), the Queensland Government ($35,000), the Calliope Central Bowls Club ($354,575) and Bendigo Bank ($15,000).