$32m announcement, and some of it may even end up here
DEPUTY Premier Troy Grant travelled all the way to Ballina today to announce a $32 million sportsgrounds fund, although it won't necessarily help the park he announced it in.
Mr Grant, joined by Nationals Ballina candidate Kris Beavis, at Kingsford Smith Park to announce the new state-wide fund, which is contingent on the coalition retaining government, saying it would aimed at helping sports clubs upgrade their facilities.
Clubs would have to apply individually for funding.
"This will help organisations that manage community sporting facilities in our suburbs and regions to deliver much needed upgrades," Mr Grant was quoted saying in a written statement.
"Our future sporting legends should not have to develop their skills on dusty hard ovals, overgrown out-fields and crumbling courts.
"Whether it is Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina or Red Devil Park in Byron Bay, local sporting clubs will get the chance to make improvements to their grounds.
"The North Coast is already home to the NSW Blues State of Origin team for big match preparations, with upgrades more teams can use grounds in regional NSW for pre-season training or general promotion and development.
"The upcoming Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast is an opportunity for local sporting clubs on the North Coast to assess local infrastructure needs, and pitch to host competing nations."
Mr Beavis said he expected local groups would be able to "a strong funding request", particularly with the Commonwealth Games coming up on the Gold Coast in 2018.
"The Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex would be an ideal location for a national basketball, netball or badminton team in the lead up to the games," Mr Beavis said in the statement.
"The Ballina Hockey and Sports Complex is a great facility that could position itself favourably for funding under this program.
"Local sporting clubs are an important part of our community, so we should ensure they have adequate facilities to train and compete."