Townsville Baseball to shine bright with new lighting
Townsville’s three baseball clubs are set for further growth under a re-elected Coalition Government, with Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson securing a commitment of $700,000 to go towards lights for Jabiru Park, Condon.
The project would see both diamonds at the city’s only baseball fields lit up to allow night fixtures as well as evening training for players in the fast-growing sport.
Phillip Thompson said the project would be a massive boost for the 10 seniors teams – including two women’s teams – as well as the strong complement of juniors.
“Baseball Association Townsville have told me how they’ve grown so much they didn’t have enough hours in the day to play and train at the facility in Townsville.
“Working together with the Association we’ve now been able to secure a commitment to provide funding for the project if the Coalition is re-elected, which is a fantastic outcome not just for the players, but the local community too.
“Unfortunately the fields and clubhouse have become a hotspot for crime and vandalism, so having more activity at Jabiru Park more often will help curb some of that as well.”
The Association has been instrumental in promoting the sport – especially the women’s game – with home-grown talent Shiori Hoshino this week being selected to play at the Australian Women’s Baseball Showcase in Geelong.
Baseball Association Townsville President Daniel White said the lighting project would allow them to nurture more local talent and grow the game further.
“Lighting at Jabiru Park is something we’ve needed for a very long time because due to the growth of senior teams who can only train outside of normal work hours, we haven’t been able to find somewhere else that can safely hold baseball practices, or allow our players to develop properly,” Mr White said.
“Because of the heat and humidity, we only play in the cooler months, but lighting would enable year-round use.
“We also want to be able to use Jabiru Park for more than just baseball, and the opportunities for things like food truck nights and other social activities are endless.
“We’re really grateful to Phil for his interest in our project and his advocacy in securing this commitment from the Coalition.”
It’s hoped the project would also unlock future opportunities to host major State Titles and other regional events, drawing visitors to Townsville.