The Morrison Government will partner with the Cairns Cricket Association and Queensland Cricket to redevelop Griffiths Park at Manunda.
The Morrison Government will invest $1.7 million towards the project with Cairns Cricket Association contributing $100,000 and Queensland Cricket contributing $100,000.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the Griffiths Park redevelopment project would benefit players, members and families.
He said the shovel-ready project would start this year and support local jobs during construction.
“This project forms part of my comprehensive plan as we begin to recover for the global pandemic,” Mr Entsch said.
“The upgrades will bring Griffiths Park up to Tier 2 standard which will allow Cairns Cricket Association to then attract state, national and international cricket events our city.
“The completed project will also unite Saints AFC and Cricket in a single facility, with a more suitable, modern, and female-friendly facility to assist in engaging more participants in both sports.
“Furthermore, what is a cricket ground without a white picket fence, and that is exactly what Griffiths Park will be getting.”
Cairns Cricket Association president Peter Huey welcomed the Morrison Government’s support and investment to deliver state-of-the-art facilities for the local community.
He said the redeveloped facilities will include male and female friendly changing facilities, club room space for both Cricket and AFL, a fully equipped catering kitchen and function space.
“This is truly a red-letter day for our association,” Mr Huey said.
“I want to thank Warren Entsch for his unwavering support in ensuring this transformative project is delivered for the community.
“Warren has always been a huge supporter of grassroots sports and once again he has delivered in spades.”