Improved access for sporting and community events

Monday, 4 April 2016

More people will be able to cheer on the Bundaberg Bulls and Bears – and take part in community events – thanks to a Stronger Communities grant from the Federal Government.

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said Bundaberg Basketball Inc had been awarded $20,000 to improve disability access at WIN Stadium.

“The installation of a disability access ramp will enable better access for the elderly, those with mobility issues and parents with prams,” Mr Pitt said.

“Currently, the outdoor courts are inaccessible for players and spectators without them going out into the carpark and then entering through the gates.

“I congratulate Bundaberg Basketball on making it easier for members of the community to get involved with local sporting teams, or take part in events held at the stadium,” he said.

Bundaberg Basketball operations manager Kerri Savidge said the disability access upgrade meant everyone would be able to enjoy the stadium.

“The disability access will give access to the courts for people in wheelchairs, those with prams and those with limited movement, creating an accessible venue for all to enjoy the game of basketball or participate in the many physical activities we have on at the stadium”.

“The venue is not only used by sporting groups, it is also used by several community groups and other sporting organisations, that need the spectator access to make their events feasible.”

Bundaberg Basketball has been located at Flint St for more than 30 years and the association built the stadium and courts over the years.

The stadium was impacted by both the 2010-11 and 2013 floods, but the association managed to bounce back each time and now look forward to improving the facilities for the community to utilise.

Through the Stronger Communities Program, 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.

Each Federal Electorate is allocated $150,000 a year over two years. Applications for Round Two have now closed. For more information go to www.infrastructure.gov.au/SCP