Town on a poll promise
THE Miriam Vale Magpies had 240,000 reasons to come out firing in their NDRL final against the Gin Gin Hawks on Saturday night.
It was a pre-election promise to upgrade the facilities of Gary Larson Oval — the Pies’ home ground — if Labor is re-elected.
The proposal included new change rooms, umpires’ and first aid rooms, canteen and showers, all set to transform the facility into the sporting hub of the region.
“It’s substandard at the moment and the community has been crying out for an upgrade,” Gary Larson Oval Enhancement Group chairman Owen Harms said.
Rugby league, touch and school sport is currently played on the field, but the $240,000 pledge should allow more sports to utilise the facility.
“We can see netball, soccer, softball and even cricket being played here and it will certainly be a massive boost to junior and senior sport,” Harms said.
Federal member for Flynn, Chris Trevor, sees the proposal as a step in delivering on his promise to have the best sporting facilities in Central Queensland.
Mr Trevor made the announcement before Miriam Vale Rugby League club’s oldest surviving player and life member George Thorn kicked off the final.
“He is a real champion and it was a terrific game of footy. It showed how much the community is behind their sport,” Mr Trevor said.