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    Assistant Minister for Sport and Racing
    The Honourable Tim Mander

    Bright lights for Far North Queensland AFL

    Assistant Minister for Sport and Racing
    The Honourable Tim Mander

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Bright lights for Far North Queensland AFL

    Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns will be ablaze tonight, when Assistant Minister for Sport Tim Mander throws the switch on new ground lighting for round 16 of the 2012 AFL Premiership.

    Mr Mander said the $2.5 million lighting upgrade would lift the stadium to standards required for television broadcasting of AFL games and international cricket matches.

    Tonight’s game between the Gold Coast Suns and Richmond is the first to be aired.

    “This exciting upgrade means Cairns will be able to attract a much wider range of high profile sporting events, which is a real boon for Far North Queensland communities,” he said.

    “Switching on the stadium lights marks the completion of stage two of a massive redevelopment project, which also included moveable grandstand seating.

    “I’d like to congratulate all involved in this outstanding project, particularly AFL Cairns and the Cairns Regional Council who have been some of the driving forces in transforming Cazaly’s Stadium into a first class sporting and entertainment venue.”

    Mr Mander said the Queensland Government contributed $2 million towards the lighting upgrade as part of the Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program.

    “We want all Queenslanders to get involved in sport from an early age and have access to sporting opportunities wherever they live in Queensland,” he said.

    “That’s why we’ve committed to supporting them through our $16 million Get in the Game initiative.

    “Get in the Game provides better equipment and facilities at the grassroots and gives children who might not otherwise be able to afford it the chance to be involved in 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.”

    [Ends] 14 July 2012

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