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.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council has secured over $5 million thanks to the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

Mayor Peter Flannery said that would enable Council to deliver 16 priority projects across the region this financial year. “The Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program will enable us to fast-track the delivery of almost $7.5 million worth of shovel-ready projects around our region,” he said. “This will support more than 100 local jobs during construction, putting money in the pockets of local families and our local economy at this tough time.

“I encourage local businesses to register with LG Tender Box to be ready to bid for this upcoming work.

“In addition to roads there’ll be work building new parks, playgrounds and sporting infrastructure which is so important right now - with coronavirus having reminded us all of how important being outdoors and active is to our physical and mental wellbeing.” Federal Member for Dickson Peter Dutton said he was pleased to see the Morrison Government delivering jobs and better outcomes for the community.

“This program has provided a real boost for our area and the wide range of projects will make our community safer and better for everyone,” Mr Dutton said.

“The 12 month timeline on completion is significant because the jobs are being created right now, when we need them most, and the new facilities will be well underway or complete for our community to use as things slowly return to normal next year.”

Federal Member for Longman Terry Young said getting shovels in the ground on local construction projects was important for maintaining jobs and economic growth in Longman and the Moreton Bay region.

“This program is all about the Federal and Local governments working together for the community,” Mr Young said.

“Every single job we support makes a huge difference in our local community, now and as we build our way out of the pandemic.

“That is why we have moved quickly to approve funding to flow to projects that are shovel ready.

“These projects support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth in the region.

“The $1.5 billion Local Road and Community Infrastructure Program reinforces the Federal Government’s commitment to job creation and improving the lives of all Australians.” Federal member for Petrie Luke Howarth said the Morrison Government is very happy to work with council to deliver projects for the community. “The Moreton Bay Regional Council has a strong track record of delivering projects on time and on budget.,” he said. “I work well with Mayor Peter Flannery and the councillors, which produces good outcomes for our area.”

One of the local projects Council will deliver with the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program funding include Woorim First Ave Fauna Crossing.

Bribie Island’s Vietnam Veterans’ Association will continue to be the caretakers of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Bongaree, with a formal lease signed for the first time for the storage shed and shipping container at the site.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the group had long maintained the land at 94 Toorbul Street in Bongaree, but this $1-a-year arrangement would provide them with more certainty moving forward.

“The Bribie Island Vietnam Veterans' Association has had an agreement to do the ground maintenance works within the park since 1996,” Mayor Flannery said.

“The love and care that goes into manicuring the feeling of peace in this park is evident on first visit.

“It provides a place of peace and remembrance for those who served in the Vietnam War, directly opposite the Bribie RSL.

“As an ex-serviceman I think it’s particularly important we honour our Vietnam Vets, because the politics of that war often means they’re overlooked compared to the World War commemorations we have like Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and VP Day.”

Cr Brooke Savige (Div 1) said it was a great outcome for an outstanding local organisation.

“The maintenance agreement was renewed in July this year and will go through to 2025, but it was important to grant the association a lease to formally use the Council-owned storage facilities on site,” she said.

“The organisation has operated without formal tenure arrangements in place for the shed and storage container, so I’m thrilled Council has rectified this for them.

“It’s a pleasure to be able to provide a space for this important group for literally just $1.

“It’s just a small way Council can help them continue their amazing work with security and certainty.”

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