Larson oval funding lost with change of government

IF it wasn't for the state election in January, Miriam Vale's Gary Larson Oval would have a new playing surface.

But all that changed when the Labor party came in.

That's annoyed sportsground enhancement group chairman Owen Harms.

"It was an electoral promise from the previous government," he said.

"But we'll live to battle another day."

LNP Member for Burnett Steve Bennett was underwhelmed with the response from Sport and Racing Minister Bill Byrne when he asked what had happened to the promised funding.

Mr Byrne's Hansard response sidetracked the question when he spoke about the government's Get in the Game initiative, which is still under review.

Mr Byrne explained the four elements of the program.

"We had this all signed off. The funding was there," Mr Harms said.

"It's pretty disappointing that we couldn't get a straight answer from the minister."

Mr Harms said the community had built the sportsground up from bare grass to a facility which was capable of hosting major games.

"Now it's a beautiful sportsground, but it still needs more. It's a shame we don't get any help in continuing that development," he said.

Mr Harms said the enhancement group had asked for some help from the Gladstone Regional Council to provide lighting at the oval so that it could host evening games, but that request was also turned down.

"We need to improve the facilities here. Recently we hosted the Intrust Super Queensland Cup Rugby League Carnival and it was a great success.

"If we are to continue to hold such important events here, we need to ensure we have good facilities."

Mr Harms said Mr Bennett had been very supportive of the group's plans, and he was pleased the question had been asked in parliament.

"It's just disappointing that it's not going ahead, considering that it was pretty much sorted."