Magpies’ $100k leg-up
MAGPIES Sporting Club has further staked its claim as one of the region's best sporting clubs.
Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan announced yesterday that Magpies would receive $100,000 as part of the State Government's Get in the Game initiative, to be put towards an amenities block alongside the club's cricket and Aussie rules oval.
The oval is currently without change rooms and toilets, so the teams occupying the oval have been using portable dongas to get changed before and after games.
Magpies Australian Football Club president Noel Lang said the development would coincide with the installation of lights around the field to make the Magpies' ground one of the best in the league.
"The facilities will be a major drawcard, and we can just see us going leaps and bounds ahead from here," he said.
"People won't be having to work out of their kit bags all the time, they can actually have a room now, with showers available, and all the changing facilities."
Lang also thought the development would put Magpies in with a shot at hosting a NEAFL game in the future.
Magpies Cricket club president Glen Cole agreed that the upgraded facilities would be a drawcard for new players, as well as high-profile games that would otherwise have been played at Harrup Park.
He said the new lights would give the club the opportunity to host day-night games in the new year.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for our club to have nearly the best facilities in town," he said.
"Obviously Harrup Park has excellent facilities, but these will be very close to that standard."