Three lo­cal clubs get grant cash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THREE Dou­glas sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions shared in over $8500 in sport and recre­ation grants from Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

Out of $200,000 worth of com­mu­nity grants pre­sented to 44 or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil handed out $200,000 worth of grants to 44 or­gan­i­sa­tions on Mon­day to as­sist in events and ac­tiv­i­ties to ‘‘en­rich the Cairns re­gion’’.

The Moss­man and Dis­trict Ri­fle Club re­ceived $3000 to pur­chase and in­stall a ship­ping con­tainer and the Dou­glas Shire Branch Lit­tle Ath­let­ics Cen­tre re­ceived $ 5000 to de­velop a se­nior ath­let­ics squad while the Coral Coast Judo Club re­ceived $753 to cer­tify judo coaches un­der the National Coach Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Scheme.

Lit­tle Ath­let­ics trea­surer Chris­tine Cal­lan­der said there were sev­eral Year 12 stu­dents lsat year who wanted to join but they could not be­cause Lit­tle Ath­let­ics is for up to ages 17 only.

‘‘We made an af­fil­i­a­tion with Ath­let­ics North Queens­land so we can take peo­ple over the age of 17 and older, up to 104,’’ she said.

‘‘While our fo­cus is on Lit­tle Ath­let­ics for the ju­niors, for the ones who want to con­tinue into ath­let­ics af­ter, this is some­where they can do it.

‘‘The grant will be spent on pur­chas­ing an­other 20 se­nior hur­dles up to the full adult size, a trol­ley, plus weighted javelin, dis­cus and shot put for any big peo­ple and two iPads used for tim­ing, photo fin­ish and to video tech­nique to show them how they are go­ing.’’

A ma­jor events grant of $ 10,000 was re­ceived by Bi­cy­cle Queens­land to host the event Cy­cle Queens­land 2013 Mis­sion Beach to Port Dou­glas, which de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer An­drew Demack said would be spent on clean­ing up af­ter the event.

‘‘There are over 1000 rid­ers and an­other 500 or so of vol­un­teers so we have a small town of 1200 peo­ple to move place to place in nine days and gives the rid­ers a chance to en­joy the lo­cal scenery and hos­pi­tal­ity of FNQ,’’ he said.

‘‘We will be stop­ping for the night in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man and we will get to see the Gorge and all that, we will go up the Table­lands and spend two nights in Yungaburra, one in Ma­reeba and Mil­laa Mil­laa.’’

Mr Demack said the ride is not a race but more of a ‘‘nine-day hol­i­day on wheels’’ and any­one who is mod­er­ately fit can join in.

‘‘The other thing about this event is the con­nec­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, morn­ing and arvo tea are pro­vided by lo­cal com­mu­nity groups in each town and when we reach the des­ti­na­tion town there’s also a sausage siz­zle by a lo­cal com­mu­nity group.

‘‘Most peo­ple will want to stay in Port Dou­glas - we started the race in Port Dou­glas in 2006 and peo­ple didn’t want to leave.’’

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