State Member for Bundaberg David Batt has joined members of the Bundaberg North Cricket Club to officially unveil their brand new training equipment.
As a result of a successful application in Round 99 of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF), the club was granted $31,315.00 to purchase a bowling machine, pop up nets, line as well as length markers and mats.
Visiting the club this week, Mr Batt said he was delighted to see the club’s excitement.
“I grew up in a cricket loving family so it was a joy to visit Bundaberg North’s Cricket Club and see first-hand just how much of a difference this funding has made,” he said.
“Here in Bundy, we are lucky to have so many residents volunteer their time to organisations like Bundaberg North Cricket Club and without grants like this one, I know just how difficult it can be to raise enough money to purchase what they need, so this is a great result.
“I am pleased to support not-for-profit groups within the Bundaberg electorate and it was my pleasure to act as a referee for the club’s application.”
The Bundaberg North Cricket Club caters for players from as young as 7, with field teams in all junior competitions.
Junior Co-ordinator Gail Pimm said the new equipment allows for a more engaging player experience.
“Having access to modern training tools means we can provide diverse methods of developing, bowling, batting and fielding skills in a fun and engaging way,” she said.
“With more than 60 junior and 40 senior players, our facilities are always busy so the new equipment will certainly be well loved.
“Bundaberg North Cricket Club wants everybody to be able to play the sport they love, so we try our best to supply all the necessary gear in attempt to keep costs down for local families.”
With the funding, the club also purchased first aid kits and helmets to follow Cricket Australia’s new guidelines.
With applications currently open for Round 102 of the GBCF, Mr Batt is urging local groups to apply.
“If you are involved with a Bundaberg not-for-profit group that’s looking for funding, this could be the perfect opportunity,” he said.
“The GCBF uses a percentage of gambling revenue to assist not-for-profit groups enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for residents by providing funding from $500 to $35,000.
“If you have any questions about the grant or would like me to act as a referee, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office.”
Wednesday, 25 July 2019