Sporting facilities given new lease on life thanks to grant funding

SPORTING facilities on the Eastern Shore will be given a new lease on life following the latest round of the Tasmanian Government’s 2016-17 Sport and Recreation Major Grants Program.

The Warrane Sports Centre and Lindisfarne Oval No.1 will both receive essential upgrades under the grants program, which will see a total of $860,000 allocated across 19 sport and recreation clubs from around the state.

The Southern Tasmanian Basketball League has been granted $17,500 which will go towards the installation of new rings and backboards on the Warrane Sports Centre’s basketball courts.

The existing basketball backboards and rings were installed in the 1970s and cannot be height adjusted to suit young basketball players or those with a disability.

“Up to 600 people utilise the Warrane Sports Centre every week, including junior, senior and elite basketball clubs, as well as individuals,” Liberal Member for Franklin Jacquie Petrusma said.

“This grant will provide new rings and backboards to ensure they are safe and meet the requirements of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

“They will be fully height adjustable using an electric winch system and will lower to the height required for players under the age of 10-years and those with a disability.”

The Clarence City Council has also been awarded $80,000 for the installation of new sports field lighting at Lindisfarne No.1 Oval.

The new infrastructure will provide local sporting teams and recreational groups will a well-lit and safe environment to train and play.

The Major Grants program provides grants to clubs, associations, local government and other not-for-profit providers of sport and active recreation.

Caption: Liberal Members for Franklin Nic Street, second to the left, and Jacquie Petrusma, centre, with Hobart Chargers representatives Cathleen Sheer, far left, junior charger Jaxsyn Collins, club president Kevin Baddiley, front, and Chargers player BJ Radcliffe.