Federal funding to allow Stafford Park's safety upgrade

A FEW grand to upgrade a ticket box and entrance to a park may not seem like much to many people, but for the Hervey Bay Seagulls it is another step closer to making the club open to more big-ticket events.

Hinkler MP Keith Pitt announced $12,855 for Hervey Bay Rugby League Club for the upgrades.

The funds come from the Stronger Communities Programme, which has "been a boost for community groups and organisations".

Seagulls president Neil Collins said the upgrade would not only help the club in its pursuit to be home to the best facilities in Hervey Bay, but ensured volunteers were much safer.

SAFETY FIRST: Hinkler MP Keith Pitt (back left) announces funding for Hervey Bay Seagulls. The funding will go towards upgrades to the ticket box and entrance, which will make Stafford Park a safer venue.
SAFETY FIRST: Hinkler MP Keith Pitt (back left) announces funding for Hervey Bay Seagulls. The funding will go towards upgrades to the ticket box and entrance, which will make Stafford Park a safer venue. Matthew McInerney

"This whole thing was about improving our service to the volunteers. Before they'd sit down there (current entrance) in the rain and the security was horrible," Mr Collins said.

"Upgrading this facility will assist with our vision of having the best facilities in the local area to attract other sports events.

"That entrance will only be vehicles for now on so it avoids the issue of vehicles and pedestrians in the same area. We've improved patron safety by removing the need to share with vehicles entering (and) leaving the grounds."

About 700 people utilise Stafford Park on any week and it is utilised all year.

The main user is the rugby league club, but hosts several school-based competitions and is one of the central facilities during the Queensland Touch Junior State Cup.

Through the Stronger Communities Programme, eligible community groups can apply for grants of between $5000 and $20,000 for small capital projects. All applications need to commit at least matching funding or in-kind contributions.



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