DUST will no longer clog up the mouth and nostrils of little Anna Smith while she plays her favourite sport at the Magavalis Sports Complex.
Soon the dirt netball courts will be replaced as part of a multi-million dollar upgrade of the complex.
Joe Ludwig, Minister for Human Services, yesterday announced the Federal Government would offer more than $2.3 million towards the $2.78 million major expansion of the Magavalis Sports Complex.
Senator Ludwig, along with Member for Flynn Chris Trevor, visited the complex for the announcement.
Banana Shire Mayor John Hooper said the Magavalis upgrade would see nine netball, six multi-purpose and 12 tennis courts built.
The project will include energy efficient lighting, safety fencing, internal roadways, amenities blocks, solar lighting on paths and cycleways and adjacent parking.
Currently, the complex caters for more than 300 cricketers with four turf wickets.
The new high-quality facilities would have the capacity to accommodate more than 350 netball players, 400 social and competition tennis players, and increase after-hours opportunities for shift workers to participate.
The complex will serve Biloela and 11 other towns in the Banana Shire, including the community of Monto in the North Burnett Regional Council.
Mr Trevor said he was delighted that the Magavalis Sports Complex had been given the nod of approval by the Federal Government.
“This is a project that I championed on behalf of the local community,” Mr Trevor said.
“After speaking personally with representatives from the council, and Mayor John Hooper recently in Biloela, I advocated strongly for delivery of this project with Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Anthony Albanese,” Mr Trevor said.
“This project has the strong support of the community and will create jobs.
“I would like to thank all those involved in the project including the Biloela Netball Association Inc and the Magavalis Sports Club Inc,” Mr Trevor said.
President of Magavalis, Jason Williams, said the project was one worked for by the community for 22 years.
Senator Ludwig said the new facility would help improve lifestyle options and assist in attracting skilled tradespeople, professionals and their families to the region.
“The federal funding is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program - the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia's history.
“Through the Rudd Government's economic stimulus package, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession,” the Minister said.
This is a project that I championed
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