Beaudesert Kingfishers celebrate new shed and Norfolk Island trip

KINGIES: Scott Bannan, Matt Haack , Jon Krause, Campbell Franklin, Adam Riddle and Justin Kummerow. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
KINGIES: Scott Bannan, Matt Haack , Jon Krause, Campbell Franklin, Adam Riddle and Justin Kummerow. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

THE Beaudesert Kingfishers finally have the storage space needed to keep the club running smoothly, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund awarded last year.

Scenic Rim state MP Jon Krause joined Kingfishers president Scott Bannan, and former president Matt Haack as well as Adam Riddle, Campbell Franklin and Justin Kummerow to inspect their new shed yesterday.

Mr Bannan said the facility would provide storage space for footy and fitness year as well as maintenance equipment and thanked Mr Krause for his efforts in helping secure the grant funding.

"Money's hard to find, especially when it comes to sporting clubs,"he said.

"If it wasn't for Jon we wouldn't have any funding, we're not getting much love from the local council but Jon's been a supporter of the club since day one.

"We go to him for everything ... he's a good man and he's a Kingfisher for life."

The Kingfishers are happy with their new storage facility.

The Kingfishers are happy with their new storage facility.

This came after a fundraiser held at the Beaudesert Golf Club at the weekend raised about $39,000 for the Kingfishers to send 48 junior members and their parents on a footy tour to Norfolk Island.

Mr Bannon said the juniors were training hard and looking forward to taking part in the Beaudesert Norfolk Island Rugby League Tour.

He said the group would leave on Tuesday for the seven day trip, thanks to local businesses and residents.

"The golf day showed how much support there is in the community," he said.

Scenic Rim Motors was a major sponsor on the day, with Heits butchers donating meat for the barbecue and the Big Pumpkin supplying onions and salad.

Nineteen teams of Kingfishers supporters took part on the day and the well-honed skill of a professional auctioneer boosted the fundraising result from donated football memorabilia.