The Albany Creek Crushers will be able to significantly improve their club facilities thanks to a Federal Government grant.
Significantly, the $547,000 Community Development Grant is supporting the Crushers’ new junior women’s rugby league teams and the grant will be used to upgrade the change rooms to better support these teams.
New LED oval lights, expected to be 50% cheaper to run than the current oval lights, and solar panels for the clubhouse roof will help reduce operational costs.
Other planned upgrades include extending the bar area, upgrading the kitchen, new seating on the field, a new scoreboard and building a new toilet facility.
The Federal Member for Dickson, Peter Dutton MP has welcomed the announcement and spoke about the importance of the upgrades.
“The Albany Creek Crushers are a great local club and I am pleased to have secured the funding for these important upgrades”, said Mr Dutton.
“The new change-rooms to support the new junior girls’ teams are particularly important with the number of women participating in rugby league growing significantly each year.
“The savings that can be made from reducing costs from the oval lights and solar are significant, and will help ensure the viability of the club in the future”, said Mr Dutton.
Albany Creek Crushers Club President Nathan Sologinkin thanked Peter Dutton for the support and spoke about the difference the upgrades will make to the club.
“This will make a huge impact to us as a football club,” said Mr Sologinkin.
“The new toilet block in the main club-house building means people will no longer have to cross the car park (to use the council facilities) and will make it a safer environment, particularly for our young junior players.
“We’ve had a real growth in our girls’ teams in the last couple of years, and the upgraded change rooms to incorporate our girls will really make a huge difference for those players”, said Mr Sologinkin.