$20,000 grant for IRL field upgrades

IPSWICH Rugby League has got its long held wish.

Thanks to funding received through the Blair Stronger Communities Programme, the leading Ipswich sporting organisation will receive $20,000 to make vital upgrades at North Ipswich Reserve.

Blair MP Shayne Neumann, a rugby league tragic and noted supporter of the IRL, Jets and Broncos, has been lobbying for the funding for a long while.

"The $20,000 funding makes it possible for Ipswich Rugby League to get underway with upgrading the facilities at North Ipswich Reserve," Mr Neumann said.

"This project will provide a significant improvement to the facilities at North Ipswich, and be a welcome benefit to the clubs and fans of rugby league in Ipswich."

The Stronger Communities Programme (SCP) provides grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 to community organisations for small capital projects which improve community participation and contribute to the vibrancy and viability of local communities.

Grants must be matched by cash and/or in-kind funding from the organisation on at least a dollar-for-dollar basis.

"I was pleased to lend my support to the independent community assessment panel's positive recommendation of the Ipswich Rugby Leagues SCP application," Mr Neumann said.

Mr Neumann said Ipswich Rugby League's commitment to providing better facilities for the local community was demonstrated through their application, and the awarding of this funding was well deserved.

"I congratulate Ipswich Rugby League on the success of their grant application, and thank them for their continued dedication to the football clubs and fans here in Ipswich."

Shayne Neumann said applications for funding under the Blair Stronger Communities Programme are assessed by an independent panel of community members.