Palmwoods Memorial Hall and Caloundra Rugby Union Club share $360,000
Palmwoods Memorial Hall will undergo a transformative series of upgrades, while Caloundra Rugby Union Club will enjoy improved on-field lighting following $360,000 in Federal Government grants announced by Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace this week. The projects will be funded under the Building Better Regions Fund.
Mr Wallace said that the grants are a significant investment in building not only a stronger community, but also a stronger economy.
“These grants are a fantastic outcome for the Sunshine Coast. The refurbishments and upgrades at Palmwoods Memorial Hall will draw more paying visitors to Palmwoods, and increase the Hall’s capacity to cater for them. It will preserve one of our internationally recognised historical sites and grow local volunteerism.” Mr Wallace said.
Palmwoods Memorial Hall will receive $231,200 toward upgrades to the Hall and grounds. These will include a new memorial stain glass window, a covered entrance, improvements to accessibility for people with disability, and a new memorial garden with outdoor chess board.
Palmwoods Memorial Hall Association President Wendy Southam said that the Hall hosts a wide variety of groups including the local RSL sub-branch, karate, drumming, dance, theatre, and indoor bowls clubs, and that it is a lot of work to cater to so many members of the community.
“This funding is amazing; it gives us the opportunity to complete a project that we have been working toward for fifteen years. It’s taken a long hard slog, but we’ve finally got there. We have massive plans now for the Hall.” she said.
Caloundra Rugby Union Club will receive $131,000 to install new LED lighting on part of its rugby fields.
“Caloundra Rugby Union Club has become a local institution over the past 30 years with more than 200 registered players. They host touring teams from as far afield as Japan, and provide high quality fitness plans for players as young as 6. These new lights will increase the capacity of the club’s fields and allow them to do even more to promote good health and community spirit in Caloundra.” Mr Wallace said.
“These grants will have major flow-on benefits across the community helping to ensure our region will continue to thrive and prosper into the future.”
Scott Kidstone, Caloundra Rugby Union Club Marketing and Business Development said “It’s fantastic news for the Rugby Club, and not only the Rugby Club but for the whole community. We have two fields at the moment, and we are a Club that’s at full capacity. We need these extra fields lit to be able to train at night. This will mean increased participation in Rugby. We’ve seen a massive increase in participation, especially women’s participation with more teams expected next year. This will allow everybody to have a training space. We also have Oztag as a tenant here and they’ve been at capacity for some time, so there’s a huge number of people in Caloundra who haven’t been able to take part in a healthy outdoor activity who will now be able to do that.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project will deliver significant economic and social benefits to the community.
“Under round two of the Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream, the Coalition Government is investing well over $200 million in 136 projects with a total leveraged project value of $459 million,” Dr McVeigh said.
“This means, in each successful community much anticipated local projects are receiving the funds needed to take a big idea and make it a reality.
“The Coalition has a plan for regional Australia and we are focused on getting it done. It’s a plan to create more jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities”.
“A further $200 million was announced in the 2018-19 Budget for a third round of the Building Better Regions Fund - a clear indication of the Coalition Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.”
The second round of the Building Better Regions Fund, which includes the Community Investments stream and the Infrastructure Projects stream, is expected to create some 10,000 jobs from over 240 projects.