Three local clubs get grant cash
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.’’