Repairs Completed To Riverway Rowing Club Launch Facility

Repairs Completed To Riverway Rowing Club Launch Facility

Queensland Minister for Sport and Recreation Steve Dickson

Townsville Rowing Club Back On The Water

Victor P Taffa

A storm-damaged Townsville rowing club is now back and better than ever, Minister for Recreation and Sport Steve Dickson said today, with repairs to its facilities at Rasmussen now complete.

Mr. Dickson said a $30,000 upgrade meant the Riverway Rowing Club’s launch facility was now far superior to the one destroyed during a devastating mini tornado in March 2011.

“The storm which hit Townsville last year was devastating, but we are committed to getting damaged facilities back to business through our Disaster Recovery Program which contributed $25,000 towards this project.” Mr. Dickson said.

“The new launching area has been designed and constructed to be more robust and to prevent erosion from waves or storm damage during significant weather events.”

“These improvements will now allow the club to host more than 130 rowing club members and several local schools and regattas, all while providing users with safer access to the water.”

Mr. Dickson said he was determined to encourage more Queenslanders to get involved in recreation and sport at all levels.

“I want to see kids spending more time outdoors enjoying sport and getting exercise, which is why the Newman Government has launched our $18 million Get in the Game initiative.” Mr. Dickson said.

“This investment in grassroots sport and recreation comprises three funding programs Get Started, Get Going and Get Playing.”

“Through Get in the Game we’re providing clubs with better equipment and facilities and giving children who might not otherwise be able to afford it the opportunity to play sport.”

“Our local focus could also inspire some of our future sporting stars. Students as young as 10 years old going to school today will be eligible to compete at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.” Mr. Dickson said.