Australian Government helps light up local footy club

The community of George Town has welcomed improvements at its football club, thanks to the Federal Government’s investment in community sporting infrastructure.

The George Town Football Club received $250,000 through the Community Development Grants (CDG) Program.

It aims to improve local community infrastructure to encourage greater participation in sport and physical activity.

Minister for Sport, Senator Richard Colbeck and Member for Bass Bridget Archer said the George Town Football Club Ground New Lights Project, will allow for wider use for local footy teams and the wider sporting community.

“The investment in the George Town Football Club has allowed it to install new AFL standard lights,” Mrs Archer said.

“This includes towers to house the lights, footings for the towers and an upgrade to the power supply.

“The club is a hub for community sport, fielding teams in all levels and age ranges, and this upgrade has made the George Town oval even more accessible to the local community.

“The grounds are used by Auskick, junior competitions, under 18’s, reserves, senior men’s and women’s squads.”

The George Town project is one of 125 funded under the Australian Government’s CDG program, part of its 2019 election commitments.

Minister Colbeck said hundreds of sporting clubs across Australia had benefited.

“We know how important sport has become in strengthening communities, especially during what has been a challenging year,” Minister Colbeck said.

“This vital funding measure has granted clubs and organisations the opportunity to complete projects like this, ultimately encouraging more Australians to participate in community sport.”

Construction commenced on the George Town Football Club in December 2019, and the new oval lighting will be unveiled on Thursday, 26 November.

“The completion of this project signals an exciting new era for this region as more people take advantage of the upgraded facilities,” Ms Archer said.

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