Cash-strapped club to upgrade facilities with $13k grant
A FEDERAL funding grant will be awarded for the struggling Swifts Sports Club to upgrade its facilities.
Swifts secured more than $13,000 in round three of the Stronger Communities Grants Program for an upgrade to the Booval club's kitchen.
Member for Blair Shayne Neumann congratulated Swifts Sports Club general manager Mark Sherman for securing the $13,619 grant.
Mr Neumann nominated the club to ease financial pressure and allow it to continue providing a service to the community.
"Swifts not only provides sporting opportunities to local players, they also offer their facilities for local community groups to meet and host events," he said.
Upgrades and renovations will be made to the club's kitchen area, including the installation of dish-washing facilities in the downstairs bistro.
Mr Sherman said the existing layout meant staff were required to transport dishes to the upstairs kitchen for washing.
"This will boost staff productivity, and greatly improve occupational health and safety," he said.
Work on the upgrade is expected to begin in the new year.
Mr Sherman said without the grant, it would have taken the club a long time before the equipment was upgraded.
"It now means we can allocate any additional funds to other areas of the club," he said.
With an air-conditioning unit and lift being installed with the support of the Ipswich City Council, Mr Sherman said the club was "keeping our head above water".
Mr Sherman praised Mr Neumann's office for help in completing the application.
The Stronger Communities Program will deliver $150,000 to community groups in the Ipswich and Somerset regions for small capital projects that improve vibrancy and community participation.