THE future is looking brighter down at the Ipswich Knights following a massive $148,000 funding injection from the State Government.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard announced the funding this week for the embattled Knights, who have been on a steady road to recovery since the 2011 floods destroyed their former clubhouse and other facilities.
The total funding package of $147,984 will go toward the installation of new LED (light emitting diode) floodlights on the main field at the club's Bundamba base.
While the replacement of the old lights will mean it will be much easier to see during night games and training sessions, Knights president Troy Beahan said there were some additional benefits to the upgrade.
"The control gear will be positioned above the flood level, which improves our flood resilience for a start,” Beahan said.
"Also the LEDs are low maintenance and more efficient, so they will reduce our running costs.”
The club estimates that the new lights will save them somewhere in the vicinity of $5000 a year in maintenance and power bills. Ipswich and District Athletics will also receive a significant grant as part of a $202,531 funding package announced as part of the Get Playing Places and Spaces program.
Howard said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to increasing opportunities for all Queenslanders to get out and get active.
"I am so pleased that local residents will be able to benefit from this investment in infrastructure for sport and active recreation activities,” Howard said.
"This is a great boost for our community and I look forward to seeing the positive outcomes this funding will create.
"I look forward to seeing the upgrades to the lighting at the Ipswich Knights Soccer Club.” The Knights hope to have the new lights and towers installed by the start of next season.