Andrew Hunter, from Karalee Home Hardware, excites West End Rugby League representatives Karen Jacob and Glen Jackwitz with a $5000 voucher to upgrade the club’s facilities.
Andrew Hunter, from Karalee Home Hardware, excites West End Rugby League representatives Karen Jacob and Glen Jackwitz with a $5000 voucher to upgrade the club’s facilities. Claudia Baxter

West End wins grant with votes

THE situation is looking up for the West End Rugby League Club after it won a $5000 grant.

The club made a list of 30 finalists for the Home Timber and Hardware "Grassroots club grant" to assist with flood recovery.

From there it relied upon community votes to receive one of 10 grants worth $5000.

With the QT on side helping to secure votes, the club polled enough for a top-three finish.

"We're so happy," club committee member Karen Jacob said. "They said we got heaps of votes."

While it won't help them get Darren Lockyer out of retirement to play next season for the Bulldogs, it should go a long way to sprucing the place up.

"We will have a meeting before the AGM next month," Jacob said.

"We'll discuss what we're going to do to get the club ready for next year. But we can start fresh because we don't have to worry about club finances."

While the money will help provide materials, the work still needs to be done.

Grandstand seating and stairs need replacing, as does the clubhouse floor, while the toilets also need an upgrade.

"There is so much work to do," Jacob said.

The club also requires a sponsor to help fund and install an electronic scoreboard, costing about $7000.



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