BITS get the go ahead for new building
AUSSIE RULES: The Boyne Island-Tannum Sands Saints Football Club has been given the go ahead to have its own proper clubroom facilities just in time for the club's first home match of the AFL Capricornia season.
The 20 x 10-metre building which will also have 3-metre awning out the front facing the northern end of the oval, will replace the current shipping container that currently occupies the site.
The project is under the council's 2017 Facility Assistance Strategic Projects Grant Program.
Saints' president Andrew McMahon said it's great news for the football club and the community.
"It gives us a place to socialise, but more importantly to most of us, it gives us somewhere to put our trophies, honour boards and memorabilia for all to see,” McMahon said.
"It's another big step forward for the club to provide facilities that will assist in growing the use of the Jacaranda Drive venue.
"We believe the total cost of the project will be $120 thousand and the football club has set aside $40 thousand to add to the council grant of $80 thousand.”
The Shed Company will build the new facility and McMahon said work will start as soon as possible.
"I have met with representatives of the Shed Company yesterday to plan the build,” McMahan said.
And it is likely to be a historic first home game of the new season.
"We plan to have a grand opening and past player's day on April 21 which will be our first home game of the season against Yeppoon Swans,” McMahon said.
The purpose of the Facility Assistance Grant Program is for councils to establish a partnership with local sporting clubs in the provision of facilities that service their sport and other active recreation needs of the community.