Bribie District Little Athletics parents can stop using their car lights for kids to participate at night, with a $710,000 Council lighting upgrade getting underway this financial year.
The Federal Government has brought forward $242,000 through the Community Development Grants program, enabling Council to bring forward construction of the new LED field lighting at the Sandstone Point Community and Sports Complex sooner.
Mayor Peter Flannery said this was part of the masterplan which Council consulted with the community during 2019.
“Works have been progressing through detailed planning for the facility’s masterplan, but this Federal Government funding boost will get things moving much faster thanks to Longman MP Terry Young,” he said.
“This project has been a high priority for Bribie Island Sandstone Point Cricket Club and Bribie District Little Athletics, since their recent surge in popularity.
“It will allow them to manage growth better and it will mean both clubs can train at night without the threat of their car batteries going dead.”
Member for Longman Terry Young said this project would support local jobs and provide a lasting benefit to the athletics club and others who use the Sandstone Point facility.
“Families have been asking for field lighting at the Sandstone Point Community and Sports Complex and this money will fast-track this project significantly,” he said.
“These facilities not only service Sandstone Point, but every suburb from Bribie Island through to the Bruce Highway so I’m proud we could help get this done.
“The Morrison Government is committed to supporting local councils with initiatives like the Community Development Grants Program that keep people in jobs and benefit the community.”
Councillor Brooke Savige (Div1) said these works were the culmination of two years’ worth of consultation with the local community.
“From the outset we were committed to developing a plan for the greater Sandstone Point region that would benefit all the community and sports groups who use the complex,” she said.
“We engaged three phases of consultation including workshops, information sessions and feedback gathering to get the best result.
“And the best part is we were able to work with Mr Young and the Federal Government to secure additional funding to turn the lights on ahead of schedule.”