Football club calls for sponsors in fight for stability

CQ MARINERS Football Club is refusing to give up its fight for financial sustainability after a bid to build a 24-hour car wash was rejected by Gladstone Regional Council in April.

The club's proposal to build a car wash on Olsen Ave in Kin Kora was turned down by the council on the grounds a commercial use was not suited to the proposed site.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the council had received 18 objections.

"In this case I strongly believe we've done the right thing," Cr Sellers said at the time of the decision.

CQ Mariners FC president Brian Niven has vowed not to give up a long-term car wash plan as an income generator.

But the non-profit club is also seeking sponsorship deals, and has garnered support from its adherent community for infrastructure at Brian Niven Park.

Supporters and parents of soccer-loving children have already come forward to fund the next step in turning the ground to a fully functional training academy.

This week a fence and path contributed by supporters is due to be completed, paid for by individuals and businesses that chipped in $120 each and donated in kind.

Plaques on each panel display sponsors' names, creating a Walk of Fame between the car park and football ground.

The fence is part of passionate CQ Mariners FC technical director Joe Fenech's plan to have a training academy to aid Gladstone players' entry into the National Premier League by 2015.

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MY PANEL: Parent Chris Lindsay at the CQ Mariners Football Club with the fence panel he paid for.
MY PANEL: Parent Chris Lindsay at the CQ Mariners Football Club with the fence panel he paid for. Mike Richards

That's the message from parent Chris Lindsay, who bought panel number five in the CQ Mariners Football Club's Walk of Fame.

"It's about supporting the organisation that supports you. Not everyone can give time, not everyone has the time to volunteer," he said.

"There's a difference between being a member and a supporter."

Mr Lindsay's son Parker plays in CQ Mariners Under- 11s development squad, a pilot program paid for entirely by club fundraising.

It's coaching with a purpose rather than just getting the kids to play the sport.

Mr Lindsay said he supported CQ Mariners FC because it provided a structured approach to training.

"It's coaching with a purpose rather than just getting the kids to play the sport," he said.

"They're not only focused on their playing, but they are trying to develop their skills within a structured plan that concurs with the FFA (Football Federation of Australia)."

Mr Lindsay said his son was doing exceptionally well under the tuition.

HELPING OUT

  • The Topfer Family
  • Steve McMeniman (in memory of Phillip McMeniman)
  • Andrea and Gordon MacDonald
  • Franco and Tania Vaiente
  • The Lindsay Family
  • Bill Webb
  • Brian and Kay Niven
  • Errol Roots, Gladstone Hyundai
  • Joe and Katherin Fenech
  • Capricorn Engravers
  • Dema's Just a Cut Barber Shop
  • United Driver Training
  • Edwin Jones - "The Colombian"
  • Molina Family
  • SportsPower Gladstone


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