Eight regional Tasmanian sporting clubs will benefit from major upgrades thanks to grants from the Nationals in Federal Government announced on Monday by Australian Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie and Tasmanian Nationals Senator Steve Martin.
Senator McKenzie, who visited the sites at Launceston, Devonport and Deloraine with Steve Martin, said her Nationals colleague had lobbied hard on behalf of the successful applicants, notably through videos on his Facebook page.
“He is a tenacious advocate for regional Tasmania and we both share a love for sport because we understand its benefits, particularly for the development of children,” Senator McKenzie said.
Senator Martin said the positive outcome vindicated his move to join the Nationals in Government earlier this year.
In politics, like in sport, you can sit on the sidelines and complain or get on the field and score goals. I am glad I chose the latter,” Senator Martin said.
Launceston Tennis won $500,000 towards much needed changing room, toilet and office facilities;
Devonport City Soccer Club was awarded $385,000 for changing rooms (particularly for female players who had to use the board room);
Meander Valley Council is getting $50,000 towards two new flood lit courts at Deloraine.
Leven Yacht Club at Ulverstone will improve beach access for sailing thanks to a grant of $11,680.
Huon Valley PCYC has won $65,000 for solar power and energy efficient lighting.
The fields at Kingsborough Sports Centre will soon be usable all year round thanks to a $113,000 investment in sub soil drainage.
Weily Park Oval facilities in Bridgewater, including the changing rooms, kiosk and verandah will undergo a $192,000 upgrade.
Oatlands Golf Club has won $54,000 for solar power and upgrading catering facilities.