Shining a Light on the Woree Sporting Precinct!
New lighting has been installed in the Woree Sporting Precinct, following funding of $178,298 from the State Government. FNQ Football received the funding from the Department of Communities, Sport and Recreation for their capital works proposal for the lighting of two shared use ovals.
FNQ Football were proud to open their training complex (in Woree State High School area) last month. These fields will be the base for the FNQ Centre of Excellence and Development Squad programs. These 2 programs present a pathway for boys and girls aged from 12-17 living within the areas of Cairns, Johnstone River, Tablelands and Weipa who wish to represent their Zone and Football Queensland and potentially play soccer for Queensland and possibly Australia.
Phil Reeves, the Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Sport officially opened the Regional Training complex. He said, “Cairns locals love their sport, and we want to encourage them to get involved in sport and recreation by providing new and improved facilities.
MP Desley Boyle said, “Ultimately, this will help local organisations develop and will help increase their membership numbers.
I would also like to thank Chris Collins from FNQ Soccer for making the application. It is only when local groups have a go that we are able to get some wins for the community.”
Pool Car Park Gets Makeover
Council is also doing its part to make the Woree Sporting Precinct a world class set-up. Council has upgraded the asphalt in the car park and installed new lighting in the car park at a total cost of almost $40 000.00. The Council lighting really improves safety in the pool car park area, which is important, as that is access to the fields as well.
Cr. Rob Pyne applauded all the stakeholders for their efforts, “This area is much tidier now, it is safer and we are even on top of the graffiti problem. I would like to thank Council staff, the Woree school and the YMCA, who manage the pool.”
Member for Cairns Desley Boyle announced South Cairns is set to benefit from $178,298 in Bligh Government funding as part of the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure program. She said, “The FNQ Soccer Zone Inc will receive the funding to install lighting to support football and rugby union at Woree State High School,”
Ms Boyle said. “Local sporting clubs are the lifeblood of the community, This infrastructure funding is a win-win situation for Cairns as it will create jobs and provide locals with the infrastructure they need to get up, get out and get active.”
“Cairns locals love their sport, and we want to encourage them to get involved in sport and recreation by providing new and improved facilities. “Ultimately, this will help local organisations develop and thrive, and will help increase their membership numbers.”
Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Bligh Government is committed to developing more opportunities for Queenslanders to get active. “Under our Toward Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland initiative, we want to help Queenslanders become Australia’s healthiest people by reducing obesity levels by one third by 2020,”
Mr Reeves said. “This Sport and Recreation Infrastructure funding will help us work towards this goal.
“By continuing to fund significant sport and recreation facilities throughout Queensland, we’re making it easier for people to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
“We’ve made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation.
“Because of the strong leadership of the Bligh Government we are able to invest more in sport and recreation than any other state in the country.”
Local Councillor Rob Pyne supported the application and welcomed the funding.