Brothers Sports Club fields are becoming as green as the suit on the club’s leprechaun logo, thanks to a Bundaberg Regional Council grant.
Brothers recently received $5000 through Council’s COVID-19 Community Sport Support Program which assisted local sporting organisations suffering the financial repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions which halted fixtures for six months last year.
The Brothers group, consisting of Brothers Sports Club and 13 affiliated sporting clubs, allocated the grant to two projects.
The first, the purchase of flexible irrigation pipe to help the grounds maintenance team to water several Brothers fields, was completed in November and is already in use.
The second, a new water supply pipe to the dressing sheds at the site’s only rectangular field, is to be completed prior to the start of the winter sport season.
Brothers Sports Club general manager Ross Dowd said both projects were fundamental to the continued provision of high-quality sporting facilities at the venue.
“The irrigation pipe, in conjunction with favourable wet weather, was critical in improving the presentation and preparation of the fields during the summer sporting season and leading into the winter season,” Ross said.
“The presentation of Brothers’ sporting facilities will assist in attracting increased participants for many of our sporting clubs.
“It is imperative that water supply is returned to the dressing sheds, which Bundaberg Regional Council’s grant will ensure.”
Ross said the Council grant had enabled Brothers to commit to the projects that would otherwise have been delayed or cancelled altogether due to the impacts of COVID-19.
“The $5000 grant from Bundaberg Regional Council certainly fast-tracked Brothers’ ability to commit to the two projects and will have immediate and long-term positive impacts for our sporting facility users,” he said.
“This was a wonderful initiative by Bundaberg Regional Council. Brothers is appreciative of Council’s support during what was a bleak period, mid-2020.”
Council’s Sport and Recreation portfolio spokesperson Cr Vince Habermann, said the Brothers Sports Club projects were good examples of the benefits the grant had brought to local sports organisations.
“Many sporting organisations have been able to undertake facility improvements or establish alternate business models, and therefore strengthen their positions, as a result of the COVID-19 Community Sport Support Program,” Cr Habermann said.
“The grant application period is now over but we are still seeing the good news stories, like that of Brothers Sports Club, rolling in and Council is pleased that we have been able to support our sporting organisations through what was a difficult time for them and the entire community.”