Another sports funding scandal has erupted in the federal sat of Petrie involving a multi-million-dollar grant announced before the May 2019 federal election for a project nobody appears to actually want.
Already facing questions over a $2 million grant for an unwanted swimming pool at the Mango Hill State Secondary College, local LNP MP Luke Howarth refused to comment on the newest scandal.
The latest questionable pre-election allocation from the $150 million Female Facilities and Water Safety Stream involves a grant application by the Burpengary Youth Centre.
CEO of the BYC, Vern Acular, said in the months prior to the 2019 election he advised Mr Howarth that the centre had lodged a grant application for new equipment.
“All we wanted was a pool table for the kids at the centre to use,” Mr Acular said.
“We found one on Gumtree that was suitable. It was 2.7 metres long and the felt was in great condition.
“Best of all its owner wanted to get rid of it because he was shifting house and downsizing and was asking just $2,400 for it.
“I rang Luke Howarth and asked him to put in a good word for our grant application which he assured me he would do.
“Next thing I know the election has been called and Luke is on social media telling the world that our Youth Centre has been give $4.9 million for a pool table.
“We’ve since had construction teams working around the clock at the centre and they’ve finished the pool table (main picture) but it’s simply not what we wanted. In fact nobody at the centre wants it.
“Obviously something got badly lost in translation but Luke has been on the phone saying he had the Prime Minister lined up to do the official opening, so I guess we’re stuck with it,” Mr Acular said.