Maroochy Roos set to shine thanks to lighting grant

The Maroochy Roos season is set to get brighter, with a $425,000 grant for field lighting thanks to the State’s COVID-19 Works for Queensland program.

Sunshine Coast Council will use the funds to install lighting on Oval 4 at the Club’s home grounds at the Maroochy Multi-Sports Complex.

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie said he was pleased to see the popular Club benefit from the funding, which supports regional Councils to undertake maintenance and minor infrastructure projects.

“With the AFL calling Queensland home for the rest of the season, this funding announcement couldn’t have come at a better time,” Mr Purdie said. 

“The benefits of hosting teams right here in our own backyard won’t be lost on the next generation of players, so this investment in infrastructure is a great outcome.”

Divisional Councillor Ted Hungerford welcomed the COVID-19 Works funding and said it would provide a further boost to one of the region’s most popular and valuable sporting facilities.

“The Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex is an outstanding and hugely popular venue for many local sporting codes and clubs as well as a growing number of elite AFL clubs for whom the facility has become a destination of choice for pre-season camps during the summer months,” Cr Hungerford said.

“Council has also allocated $925,000 in its 2020/21 Budget for the development of a new eastern oval as well as drainage, irrigation and car parking at the Complex.

“This additional State Government grant will allow this additional multi-use field to be lit for the growing needs of our thriving sporting community.”

Maroochy Roos President Matt Bury said the Maroochydore Multi-Sports Complex was the hub of AFL on the coast.

“From the perspective of community sports, this funding is fantastic for the region,” Mr Bury said.

The Maroochy Multi-Sports Facility lighting upgrade is an initiative of the Queensland Government.