The Gympie Regional Cricket Association has secured an $85,000 funding commitment from an LNP government.

Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said that the funds will be used to purchase new equipment and storage facility.

“The funding will be used to buy an additional pitch roller and new storage shed,” Mr Perrett said.

“The GRCA recently purchased a pitch roller for the One-mile pitches however it is relying on a 40-year pitch roller to do the rest of the work.

“The second roller is close to its used-by date and is becoming prohibitively costly to keep repairing.

“With four turf wickets at the One Mile facility, the association needs two pitch rollers to provide adequate deal with the wickets and pitch.

“The four turf wickets mean that the GRCA is now able to hold open cricket carnivals with the South Queensland Under 21 Carnival scheduled for the end of October.

“The GRCA also needs an additional storage shed for storing and protecting equipment at the One Mile grounds as the existing council sheds are insufficient for their needs.

“Throughout the region and the state cricket players are members of junior teams, senior teams, senior players, indoor cricket, indigenous and female players, young kids having a go and learning new skills, and in primary and secondary school cricket competitions.

“The GRCA fields six A-grade, and six reserve grade sides, a junior ‘blaster’ entry program and a Men’s first division teams from Rainbow Beach across to the south Burnett.

“As a self-confessed cricket tragic and co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Cricket I am always excited about the great cricket talents that are found in regional areas.

“This funding will provide help nurture our local cricket talents because under an LNP government we are committed to providing the grassroots infrastructure that will allow sporting and community groups to thrive,” he said.