Dubbo Regional Council welcomes funding for sports assets

The DubboRegion performed well on November 30, 2021, receiving more than $ 1.8 million in grants from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund – Round 4.

The Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) requested funding for three key projects that were considered a community priority. The projects include improvements to the Nita McGrath netball fields, new lighting for the John McGrath ovals and a renovation of the Victoria Number One Oval stand.

Board CEO Murray Wood and Recreation Coordinator Tracey Whilock joined MP for DugaldSaunders and members of sports organizations yesterday in announcing the significant contribution to Dubbo’s sports assets.

Mr Wood said this funding allows more than the installation of new infrastructure, it ensures that existing assets are maintained and renewed to the high standards our community expects and deserves.

“I would like to thank Dugald and the state government for their continued commitment to sport in the Dubbo area. This significant injection of funds will not only add new infrastructure to our existing sports arenas, but above all, will allow the Council to take appropriate care of its existing assets. The Dubbo region has the capacity to host major sporting events in many of our estates and ridings, which brings significant economic benefits to the entire region. Caring for these areas should be a priority for the whole community, ”said Mr. Wood.

Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders praised the council for its commitment to maintaining the city’s sports infrastructure.

“It is great to see the current council working with the NSW government and supporting these significant improvements,” said Mr Saunders.

“I can’t wait to see the difference these upgrades and enhancements make. “

The DubboNetball Courts are expected to receive $ 500,000 to upgrade the playing surfaces of seven hard courts at the Nita McGrath Netball Complex. The upgrades will meet Netball NSW competition standards and eliminate current buildup and cracking issues on older courts.

Dubbo’s JohnMcGrath Oval will receive $ 683,206 for new lighting to allow the Dubbo TouchAssociation to expand its competition while also allowing other codes to expand their training in several areas. Spreading activities will reduce wear and tear on playing surfaces with lighting, saving on operational repairs and maintenance. The Dubbo Touch association is contributing another $ 124,000 to the project and the Dubbo Regional Council $ 20,000.

The DRC will co-fund the Victoria Park Oval Number One Grandstand after receiving $ 100,000 in yesterday’s funding announcement. The upgrades will include new aluminum seats with backs, painting and replacing the existing floor.

Dubbo JuniorAustralian Rules Football Club has also secured funding and will receive $ 553,954 to convert the former Girl Guides Hall at South DubboOvals into a clubhouse and build locker rooms for women.

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Elna M. Lemons