New $1.46 million clubhouse for Sunshine Coast AFL and cricket
Sunshine Coast Hinterland AFL and cricket clubs have a new home with the completion of a $1.46 million clubhouse and change rooms at G Rae Oval in Palmwoods, just in time for the summer cricket season.
Players from Hinterland Blues AFL Club and Palmwoods Cricket Club will enjoy a modern, inclusive clubhouse featuring four female-friendly change rooms, umpire facilities, a new canteen, meeting room, storage area, first-aid room and an improved spectator embankment.
The building has also been raised above the Q100 flood level to avoid flooding issues which have caused problems in the past, while the electricals have also been upgraded so new lights can be installed.
The facilities will make the playing experience more enjoyable while catering to the growing popularity of AFL and cricket in the region, particularly amongst women and girls.
The clubhouse and change rooms are jointly funded by Sunshine Coast Regional Council ($700,000), the Queensland Government’s COVID Works for Queensland program ($500,000), the AFL Grand Final Facilities Fund ($150,000), Queensland Cricket ($100,000) and Nambour and Hinterland AFL ($10,000).