ANYONE who has driven into the carpark at CF White Oval in recent years would know it has not been in the best shape.
Thanks to a boost from the State Government's Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Stanthorpe City Football Club has been able to bring a new, sealed driveway to the facility, making potholes a thing of the past.
The club secured $35,000 from round 88 of the funding program, just the latest in a large number of works to be conducted at the McGlew St sporting complex.
Stanthorpe Sports Association secretary Amanda Harrold said more than $1.5 million in grants had been secured for the facility through various sporting clubs.
It's understood about $1million on top of that has been contributed through in-kind donations.
City FC's Peter Biddulph said upgrading the driveway was largely a matter of safety.
"Over the last five years it's slowly been deteriorating and it's slowly got worst in the last two to three years,” Biddulph said.
"The council haven't been maintaining the area like they had previously. We didn't want to see anyone injured leaving or coming into the facility.
"The idea was to make it ... low maintenance because the volunteer base is pretty stretched.”
He said they needed something that would withstand the heavy downpours that had previously left large potholes in the driveway.
He said increasing numbers of carnivals at the complex meant it was crucial to have the facility in top shape, but there had been more wear and tear.
Harrold said they were about to start a new round of grant applications.
"These are the grants that we have to have funding to go towards, so a lot of work and effort goes into these grants,” she said.
She said while their building approvals for upcoming projects had lapsed, they had high hopes the Southern Downs Regional Council would waive a renewal fee while they awaited funding.
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