Uralla Junior Tigers Registrar Clare Baker, left, and Treasurer Karen Steward try out the new canteen with Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Uralla Shire Council Mayor Michael Pearce.
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall yesterday joined Mayor Mick Pearce and representatives from Uralla Shire Council to officially open a $252,000 upgrade of the town’s Sporting Complex, home to more than five local sports
Built with $132,400 support from the NSW Government, the new facility boasts an all-new canteen and expanded amenities to support visitors with disabilities.
The local MP congratulated council and local clubs for supporting the ever-expanding facility, describing the upgrades as “essential” for developing sport in the town.
“Today’s opening marks an important milestone in developing Uralla’s sporting credentials, presenting a high-quality home for sports in the town,” Mr Marshall said.
“Local clubs now have access to spacious canteen facilities, offering a weatherproof and sheltered place for volunteers to serve hot or cold food and drinks.
“The connected courtyard overlooks the playing fields for rugby, netball, cricket, basketball and soccer, ensuring that the new complex will offer something for everyone, no matter which code you play.
“For clubs like the Uralla Junior Tigers this will replace a marquee that offered little protection from frigid winter winds and rain.
“Access to the grounds has also been improved thanks to disabled access including parking, toilets, pathways and a ramp.”
Mr Marshall said the newly launched sporting complex would boost the professionalism of local clubs, while offering options for regional teams.
“This facility has the potential to host major carnivals and championships, and bring a lot of people and investment into Uralla,” he said.
“Already, there’s talk of upgrading some of the fields and courts to cater for growing sporting interest in the town.
“These upgrades will not only provide new opportunities to help support that growing passion, but offer options for regional clubs looking for alternative venues for major events.”
Uralla Shire Council Mayor Michael Pearce said the facility put the town on a level playing field with its larger neighbours.
“We’re keen to attract more sporting events to Uralla – we’ve had the basic facilities, but this will help us put on gala days and compete with other towns,” Cr Pearce said.
“You don’t have to be a big town to attract large events, and this new funding will help us make the most of our town’s great sporting talent.”