Turf, lights election promise

Funding. Smithton Turf Incorporated will welcome $350,000 of funding if the Liberal Party is elected on September 7.

Liberal candidate for Braddon, Brett Whiteley, made the announcement at the centre on Saturday.

Mr Whiteley said the funding will allow for the replacement of the playing surface, a new electronic scoreboard and improvements to the clubrooms.

“There are over 500 players from a population of about 8000 in Circular Head,” Mr Whiteley said. “The ground is also used through the week by local schools for training and physical education classes.”

Smithton Turf president Peter Harrisson said the ground was built over the 1997-98 summer, with most of the work provided by hockey players and supporters. “The time has come for us to replace the playing surface and this does not come cheaply.”

He said without the funding he does not see how the fundraising target could be reached.

Mr Whiteley also announced $100,000 of funding for Smithton Recreation Ground, if elected. The money would be used to pay for improved lighting at the ground, to help with playing conditions and lighting for community events.

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