Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall pictured with Inverell Soccer Association committee members Anthony Alliston, left, Tammy Cabitza and Kel Butler.
A STATE Government grant of $11,200 for the Inverell Soccer Association will go a long way toward helping Inverell Shire Council finally deal with a long list of repairs and maintenance required at the Inverell Sporting Complex, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall said the Association applied for a grant through the NSW Government’s Sport and Recreation Facilities program and he was delighted the repairs could now get underway.
“Inverell Shire Council has also committed over $33,000 to the project to ensure all the necessary work is completed properly,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Inverell sporting complex is a wonderful community asset and I’m delighted to see the excellent partnership the council has with its user groups.
“I met with the soccer club committee members last week and I’m pleased the NSW Government continues to support our small sporting clubs and local councils – they are so very important to the fabric of our rural communities.
“These grounds are used by several sporting clubs so the whole community will benefit from these improvements.
“The council intends to replace the old hot water system in the canteen; it hasn’t been working too well of late so that will certainly be a welcome improvement.”
Mr Marshall said the amenities block, change rooms and equipment storage room would be upgraded, security lighting installed, the canteen painted with some repair work will be completed on the storm drainage system.
“Unfortunately the canteen roof tends to leak every time it rains so some work needs to be done on that as well,” he said.
Inverell Soccer Club secretary Anthony Alliston said the club had an excellent relationship with council and was delighted the grant would help towards the costs of the complex’s upgrade.
“Several sporting clubs use these grounds so we will all benefit from this upgrade,” Mr Alliston said.
“The council does a lot of work here and keeps the grounds in great condition so we are very pleased to be able to contribute to the costs of making these improvements.”