TIRELESS EFFORT: Members and volunteers of the Banana Sports Committee are keen to upgrade their facilities.
TIRELESS EFFORT: Members and volunteers of the Banana Sports Committee are keen to upgrade their facilities.

Refurbishing sport in the community

UPGRADES are on the way for the Banana Sports Committee after being the recipients of a $32,000 Queensland Government Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Banana Sports Committee secretary Deborah McCann applied for a grant earlier this year and now successful, the grant will allow the club to cover the purchase and plumbing of an ablution block at their sporting grounds just outside of Banana.

“We’re a small committee with limited funds available and we’re virtually starting from scratch again,” Mrs McCann said.

“The committee operates the lease of the grounds but we have not held a community event there for 15 years other than the Banana family fun day in June (2019).

“We went down and everything is rundown and hasn’t been used for so long or maintained properly.

“We know we have a fair job in front us but we thought we’d give it a go.”

Serving as Secretary for 12 months now, McCann plans to apply for more grants to further upgrade facilities at the Banana Sports and Recreation Grounds.

Mrs McCann hopes to bring more events to Banana and the surrounding areas with the help of upgraded facilities to cater for the events.

“We’ve got plans to next year for a rodeo, a race day and another campdraft because there’s nothing out here for people in this region.

“To get these ideas into force we’ll have to apply for other grants but without upgrading the facilities we can’t hold any events.”

The Banana Races are going ahead on November 2 at the Banana Sports and Recreation Grounds.