Burnett athletes jumping for joy with new funding
ASPIRING athletes in Nanango will be jumping for joy with more funds provided to build a new long jump pit at Nanango State High School.
The Nanango Little Athletics Centre, who train at the high school, will receive a $10,000 grant through the stronger communities programme for the project.
This is an addition a $35,000 grant the club has as part of the Queensland Government's gambling community benefit fund grant scheme.
The $10,000 will also go towards funding a new grand stand at the school.
Member for Maranoa David Littleproud announced the Federal Government grant at the school today, Friday November 23.
"Under the Stronger Communities Programme, the Nanango Little Athletics Club will receive $10,000 for a new long jump pit and grandstand,” Mr Littleproud said.
"Under the funding guidelines, projects had to deliver community benefits and the Little Athletics Club's vision will provide a wonderful opportunity for kids to get involved with a local sporting club.”
Mr Littleproud said he hoped the new long jump pit and grandstand would be used not only by the Nanango Little Athletics Club but also other local schools and clubs in the area.
"Some of my best memories from growing up are at school sports carnivals and I understand the importance of having good facilities for local school groups to use,” he said.
"Locals know their community best and have innovative ideas on how to support their region when it comes to advocating for funding.”
"Whether it was installing disability access to improve access for a community building, a food project to support our most vulnerable or sport complex upgrades - and everything in-between - project nominations were of a high standard and I received more than 90 applications seeking more than $1 million in funding.”
All federal electorates, including Maranoa, were allocated $150,000 under the Stronger Communities Programme, with up to 20 projects being able to be funded.
An independent assessment panel reviewed all funding applications and successful projects were then invited to progress to the next phase, where projects were then reviewed by the Industry Department for final approval.