It was great to be able to attend the official opening of St Agnes Catholic Primary School’s new sports courts last week. Just two years ago I was over at Mt Gravatt announcing $211,000 to go towards the construction of three new multi-use courts at the school. How time flies!

The courts will be used for after school and weekend tennis, netball, basketball and volleyball programmes. It’s not just the students and teachers of St Agnes who’ll benefit from these courts. Local families and sports groups will also be able to use them. The local community will be able to use the courts through programs conducted by Southside Tennis and St Agnes Netball Club. They will collaborate with groups such as TAG5, Cerebral Palsy League, Sporting Wheelies and Disables Association, and Indigenous groups to conduct specially targeted sports programs for juniors, Indigenous, seniors, families, and disabled people.

Thanks to this Government’s investment, more children and families in the Mt Gravatt community will have better and more affordable access to recreational activities, helping them to lead a more active and healthy lifestyle. Overall we expect there’ll be around 1000 different users of these courts each year. It’s all part of our commitment to invest in local communities to ensure everyone has access to place where they can exercise and enjoy sport.

In addition to providing fantastic new sports facilities that the school and the wider community will be able to use for years to come, I’m also pleased to report this project benefitted the local economy, supporting give jobs during construction.