LNP has punt on sports in north

The Weekend Post - - News - CHRIS CALCINO chris.calcino@news.com.au edi­to­rial@cairn­spost.com.au face­book.com/TheCairn­sPost www.cairn­spost.com.au twit­ter.com/TheCairn­sPost

SPORT­ING grounds north of the city have be­come elec­tion bat­tle­grounds for the LNP with Bar­ron River can­di­date Michael Trout lac­ing up to win votes in Smith­field.

Mr Trout will today an­nounce a prom­ise to share $2.25 mil­lion be­tween the YMCA Mar­lin Coast Re­cre­ation Cen­tre and Ivan­hoes Rugby League Club.

He said the Smith­field Sport­ing Precinct, shared by the two or­gan­i­sa­tions, was the lifeblood of the North­ern Beaches and de­served a fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion.

“They’ve had grow­ing pains out there for a long time,” he said.

“As the only pub­lic re­cre­ation cen­tre ser­vic­ing the re­gion, it can no longer meet de­mand.

“The LNP will work with coun­cil to ex­tend the YMCA Mar­lin Coast Re­cre­ation Cen­tre to ac­com­mo­date gym­nas­tics and other pur­suits.

“The $2.25 mil­lion com­mit­ment will also in­clude up­grad­ing the area ad­ja­cent to Ivan­hoes (Rugby League Club) to de­velop com­mon ground for the over­flow of lit­tle ath­let­ics and league.”

Mr Trout said Cairns Regional Coun­cil would match the fund­ing dol­lar-for-dol­lar.

Mr Trout last week an­nounced an­other coun­cil-matched guar­an­tee to spend $1.5 mil­lion of new money on the bur­geon­ing Red­lynch Sport­ing Precinct.

La­bor in Septem­ber an­nounced it would pro­vide $3.4 mil­lion to­wards the project un­der the Works For Queens­land pro­gram for land­scap­ing, earth­works and a play­ground.

The State Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment, cou­pled with coun­cil’s cor­re­spond­ing in­put, is enough to com­plete the mas­ter plan’s first stage.

“This is for the next stage,” Mr Trout said. “It’s what coun­cil asked for and we’ve matched it dol­lar-for-dol­lar.

“We’ve got a real fo­cus on sport­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the North­ern Beaches.

“The pop­u­la­tion has been grow­ing and grow­ing but our fa­cil­i­ties just haven’t been keep­ing abreast.”

Ear­lier this week, Mr Trout an­nounced a LNP govern­ment would in­vest $300,000 into new light­ing at the Cairns City Lions AFL Club at Hol­loways Beach, and $100,000 to build fe­male chang­ing rooms at the Mar­lin Coast Rangers Soc­cer Club.

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