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Friday, 24 August 2018

The lights at Freebody Oval 2 in Queanbeyan will be upgraded to Australian Rugby League standards thanks to a $126,000 grant from the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the upgrade means the ground would be used for club competition matches and full match practise.

“The current lights just only meet the standards required for light ball and physical training. This is going to mean there can be more competition matches, especially on Friday nights when under 16s and women play,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Freebody Oval 2 can accommodate larger crowds, which means more canteen sales that can be ploughed back into the club.

“More events also means more participation, which will have a positive impact not only for rugby league and but all active recreation around Queanbeyan.

“Since 1966, the Kangaroos have won nine local premierships and they are an integral part of the Queanbeyan community, and we can thank the Roos Club for their considerable support over years.

“In return, our government’s support of local sporting precincts is continuing, with this funding on top of the $20,000 announced earlier this year for a brand new electronic scoreboard at Freebody Oval.”

Queanbeyan Kangaroos Senior Rugby League Football Club successfully applied for the funding under the Infrastructure Grants program.

The grants are funded by a contribution from the state’s registered clubs to reinvest profits from gaming machines back into community projects.

Minister for Racing Paul Toole said this project was one to share in the $50 million on offer for sporting, cultural and emergency preparedness community projects across the current term of government.

“The Kangaroos put forward an excellent application and the benefits for the local community are very clear,” Mr Toole said.

“Right across the state, the Infrastructure Grants program is making a real difference to local communities by improving sporting, cultural and emergency facilities,” Mr Toole said.