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Gladstone sport clubs need your help

GLADSTONE sporting club are crying out for assistance to make grounds safer for players and fans.

They need thousands of dollars to bring conditions up to a respectable level.

Many sporting fields are deteriorated and spectator areas bordering on dangerous, which sporting clubs and associations are campaigning heavily to have mended.

Softball Gladstone and the Gladstone District Rugby League are two of the Gladstone entities who are screaming out to have plans put into place, only waiting on funding and support to make conditions safe for participants.

"I applied to replace the 1000 seats in the grand stand which costs 60 grand," GDRL president Glenn Butcher said of Gladstone largest stadium Marley Brown Oval.

"There is a safety implication that comes with having cracked and broken seats."

Not having the hefty price tag laying around, the GDRL is becoming more and more concerned about the state of the grand stand.

Not only rugby league attracts a crowd at the venue, so Butcher and his committee are on the look out for any help they can get in replacing the 15-year-old and worn out seating.

"It is being used for the Hilltop Hoods and previously the Crusty Demons," Butcher said.

"It is a big venue we look after."

Softball Gladstone has player welfare in high concern at Memorial Park as well, desperate to see an upgrade of lighting make playing conditions much safer.

With lights surrounding the ground doing a passable job currently, President Shane Finlay plans to bring the standard up to scratch, having applied to the Queensland Government's Get in the Game initiative, but could use help from locals as well.

"It is about $97,000 to remove everything and bring it up to standard," Finlay said.

"The lights will be up at around 700 lux which is pretty good."

Any other sporting clubs are also desperate to receive help, through grants, donations or raising money.



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