Greens Member for Ballina Tamara Smith today congratulated the Wollongbar community on its efforts to get its new 13 hectare sporting fields open and announced Local Sport Grant funding for its rugby team.
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“I know these sports fields have been a long time in the planning together with Ballina Shire Council and that the local community will be immensely grateful to have this tremendous facility open for public use,” said Ms Smith.
“I am delighted to be here to open this facility with space for AFL, hockey, netball, cricket and tennis. It also includes two rugby grounds with lighting which clubs like the Wollongbar-Alstonville Rugby Club will be able to make use of.
“I am proud to announce today that the Wollongbar-Alstonville Rugby Club will be receiving $5,000 from the Local Sport Grant Program for player jerseys and training shirts.
“The money will be used to subsidise playing kit for all age groups in the Club, helping to ensure that the cost of a team uniform is not a barrier to joining a club team.
“I hope the Wollongbar community will make full use of this amazing new recreational space for many years to come,” said Ms Smith.
The new grounds include: One AFL field/cricket oval, two rugby grounds with lighting, six tennis courts with lighting, four sealed netball courts (with lighting for two), separate facilities for rugby/AFL, cricket, netball and tennis clubhouse, extensive landscaping to the site and surrounding areas, car parking for 292 vehicles and bus parking
The total cost of the project was $6.3 million, with $4.5 million from the Federal Government's Building Better Regional Cities (BBRC) program and additional funding from the NSW Office of Sport of $25,000 towards the construction of the netball courts.
Access to the complex will be along a new road between Ramses Street and Pearces Creek Road.