The Federal Government is delivering a $250,000 funding boost to the Ipswich Hockey Association.
Queensland LNP Senator Barry O’Sullivan today announced that funding for a lighting refurbishment programme had been approved through the Community Development Grants Programme.
Upgrading and installing more energy efficient lighting will allow the Ipswich Hockey Association to host night games in both the State and National Hockey Championships. It will also provide better visibility for spectators watching these games.
The upgraded hockey grounds and facilities will be used as a training base by competing nations in the 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.
Senator O’Sullivan said the upgrade would provide an important economic boost to the City of Ipswich with visiting teams and their supporters visiting local businesses such as restaurants and hotels.
The project is jointly funded by the Australian Government providing $250,000 and the Ipswich Hockey Association contributing $64,755.
The project will involve replacing 14 light poles and associated lights, underground cabling and electrical boxes.
The lighting upgrade is due to be finished by 31 December 2014.
Senator O’Sullivan noted the Ipswich Hockey Association recently won a City of Ipswich – Sporting Association of the Year award.
“The club plays an important role in the Ipswich community,” Senator O’Sullivan said.
State Member for Ipswich Ian Berry said the announcement was a clear indication how both the Federal and State Governments were working together to strengthen local communities.
“It is great to see the Ipswich sporting community receive the support it deserves,” Mr Berry said.
“Throughout my long affiliation with the Ipswich Hockey Association, to see the club grow and continue to be competitive both across Queensland and Australia, is a credit to the greater Ipswich Community,” he said.
“The refurbishments will be a great asset to Ipswich and will enhance the opportunities for the Ipswich Hockey Association, well into the future.”
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