FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says Port Douglas Reef Raiders will be kicking goals after receiving $5,800, through the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Programme, for an electronic scoreboard.
The Federal funding injection will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Club to purchase the new $11,600 scoreboard – constructed to withstand the climatic conditions of the region.
“Our Stronger Communities Programme is about helping our community groups, not-for-profits and local government organisations to purchase equipment or build infrastructure that will benefit the community – enhancing the community spirit, and encouraging more participation.
“I’m looking forward to watching a home game of the Reef Raiders once the new scoreboard is installed – I believe it will have a profound impact on the pride of the players and the Port Douglas community towards their home ground.”
Port Douglas Reef Raiders Rugby President Don Murday said they believed the new scoreboard and timekeeping tool would bring their club into the 21st century.
“While the Port Douglas Rugby Club has a number of important improvement projects on the cards – such as extending our clubhouse to add showers – we decided this electronic scoreboard would be an excellent next step in the growth of our club within the region.
“Players and spectators will be able to see the score from everywhere on the ground – even the most inclement weather – giving a sense of urgency when scores and times are close,” he said.
“It will really help to boost the club and community pride, as well as our team moral at every home game,” said Mr Murday.