ON THE FIELD: Quilpie’s Bruce Paulsen sends the ball down the pitch against the Commercials.
ON THE FIELD: Quilpie’s Bruce Paulsen sends the ball down the pitch against the Commercials. Ali Kuchel

Quilpie’s cricket field to get an upgrade

QUILPIE is set to get a new half-million dollar multipurpose sporting facility in John Waugh Park.

The State Government has chipped in a hair over $300,000 for a new facility, including covered grandstand and two-bay cricket practice nets.

The park is used by the cricket side in summer and the football side in winter.

Two other south-western councils are among the successful applicants in this year’s Get Playing Plus program, securing $1.5 million in funding

Goondiwindi Regional Council will upgrade Inglewood’s swimming pool.

Meanwhile, Maranoa Regional Council will build eight new netball courts, a clubhouse, four team shelters and car parking in Roma. The program will also help build an artificial lake near Barcaldine.

Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said they were exciting projects that will deliver much-needed infrastructure improvements.

There will be additional rounds of funding for teams and councils to apply for in the future.

“Our goal is to ensure more Queenslanders are getting outdoors, staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” Mr Pitt said.

“There is also the added benefit of stimulating local employment opportunities by investing in projects of this scale, which is particularly welcome news in regional and rural Queensland.

“These projects are relatively large scale with funding contributions of between $300,000 and $1.5m made available for new sport and recreation infrastructure or to improve upon existing locations.

“This initial round of Get Playing Plus has proven very successful, which has been terrific to see.”


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