Cricket club bowled over by council support
  • Thursday 22 July 2010

International cricket legend John Wright will be on hand this Friday when Sunshine Coast Council presents the Maroochydore Cricket Club with $12,000 in Community Partnership Funding.

Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said Mr Wright is visiting the club to conduct a winter training camp for New Zealand’s high performance, elite player group.

John Wright is a former international cricketer who represented and captained New Zealand, played in 82 test matches, scored more than 50 first class centuries, and went on to coach the Indian national cricket team for a number of years.

"It’s a real honour for the Sunshine Coast to host this elite squad and someone with John’s status in the international cricketing world,’’ Cr Dwyer said.

"These types of visits enhance our reputation nationally and overseas in terms of both a great tourism destination and great place for sporting teams to come to stay and train.

"On behalf of council, it’s a pleasure to welcome John and the squad to our Coast. I’m very pleased that John can be on hand to see council’s support for grass-roots sporting and community groups in our region."

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said this year’s Community Partnership Funding Program contributed more than $1.5 million to 120 community organisations across the region.

"Council’s Grants Program aims to assist groups and projects that will benefit communities across the Sunshine Coast," Cr Dickson said.

"The Maroochydore Cricket Club is an excellent example of an organisation that makes a great contribution to the community – and it is in very good company with the other successful recipients."

Details of the Community Partnership Funding Program, including a full list of recipients, are available on council’s website.