Cricket Tasmania is pleased to announce the Tasmanian recipients of the 2020-21 round of the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF).
 
The ACIF in Tasmania is funded in partnership between Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania, supporting playing and training facility upgrades around the state.
 
The most recent round provided around $170,000 to 14 projects in the state, which collectively will cost a total of $530,000 to deliver.
 
The successful applicants are:

  • Diggers Cricket Club, Hagley Recreation Ground - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Longley Cricket Club, Sandfly Oval - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Central Coast Cricket Club, Haywoods Reserve - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Port Sorell Cricket Club, Port Sorell Recreation Ground - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Devonport Council, Byard Park - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Huon Channel Cricket Association, Snug Oval - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Trevallyn Cricket Club, Trevallyn Park - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Burnie Hurricanes Cricket Club, Marist College - New Turf Wicket
  • Howrah Primary School - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Summerleas Eagles, Lightwood Park 2 - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch
  • Sheffield Cricket Club, Sheffield Recreation Ground - Upgrade Synthetic Pitch and Nets
  • Huonville Cricket Club, Huonville Recreation Ground - Upgrade Nets
  • Sorell Council, Pembroke Park - Upgrade Nets
  • Penguin District School, Dial Park - New Changerooms and Toilets

Cricket Tasmania General Manager of Communications and Government Relations Tim Lovibond said:
 

“We are really pleased to be able to offer ACIF funding to clubs, associations and Councils for projects that improve the quality of cricket matches in Tasmania.”
 
“Infrastructure projects can be costly, yet we know that the better the facility; the better the cricket.”
 
“I congratulate all the successful applicants.”
 
The ACIF funding goes hand-in-hand with infrastructure funding offered by the Tasmanian Government through the recently-reopened Improving the Playing Field grants. Tasmanian Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett said:
 
“I am delighted to see so many community cricket clubs around Tasmania, including in my electorate of Prosser, set to benefit from the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund.”
 
“These funds will not only help to improve cricket facilities in the state, but hopefully encourage more Tasmanians to get involved in cricket and live healthy and active lifestyles.”
 
“The ACIF will complement our Government’s infrastructure funding programs, such as Improving and Levelling the Playing Field, which cricket clubs across Tasmania have benefited from.”
 
One of the successful applicants to the ACIF was Sorell Council for upgrades to the net facility at Pembroke Park. Mayor of the Sorell Council Kerry Vincent said:
 
“We are extremely pleased to be successful in securing funding in the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund.”
 
“The Sorell Cricket Club is the only club that has a junior program in the wider south east region, with players travelling from Port Arthur right through to Triabunna. Much to their credit, participation rates have significantly increased over the past few years to 87 registered junior players, ranging from Master and Junior Blast teams to male and female Under 13 teams with players aged from 5-15 years. The addition of a quality practice net facility will provide a welcoming and up-to-date environment for all their participants, both juniors and seniors.”
 
“Council is committed to making Pembroke Park the sporting centre for the south east and this project will ensure our cricketing community have increased opportunities to play their sport. This collaboration between Council and Cricket Tasmania will have flow on benefits for the wider cricketing community in the region.”
 
The 2021-22 round of the ACIF will open in due course.