Sporting clubs cash in on over $200,000 in council grants

CHRISTMAS has come early for Gladstone sporting clubs, with Gladstone Regional Council approving more than $200,000 in sport and recreation grants.

Gladstone Netball Association scored a goal in the 2013/14 round, receiving almost $77,000 under the Facility Assistance Grant Program.

The GNA will use the cash to help resurface five netball courts.

GNA secretary Kate Danby said the funding would work in favour of the 600 members of the association.

"It will improve the surface of the courts and make them safer for players," Ms Danby said.

"Rain over summer caused cracks in the surface of the court and made it difficult for us to play on," she said.

BITS Saints AFL Club and the Valleys Junior Rugby League are also set to benefit from council's $207,653 funding pool.

Valleys will use their $32,466 share to buy an equipment shed, while the BITS Saints will spend $27,244 on a boundary fence and an equipment shed.

The Wolves Soccer Club received the highest share of funding under the Club Development Grant Program, $1084, for training equipment.

The 1770 Sailing Club also received $974. This sum will help it purchase essential training gear.

This year the council allocated $212,500 toward the grants program.

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