$496,649 delivers new grandstand and amenities building for the home of sport in Warialda Nicholson Oval, with Gwydir Shire Council Projects Manager Carl Tooley, left, Warialda Junior League Representative Lachlan Hall, Warialda Senior Cricket Representative Phil Whalan, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Warialda High School PE Teacher Dale Beattie and students Nathan Tooley, Os Van Velthuizan, Sam Hall.
Friday, 17 December 2021
THE home of sport in Warialda will make a ‘grand-stand’ in 2022 with a $496,649 State Government grant allowing Gwydir Shire Council to replace the outdated existing amenities building with a modern clubhouse and seating.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall joined Nicholson Oval user groups earlier this week to deliver the news ahead of Christmas.
“Forget the new ball, it’s the new clubhouse Warialda’s cricketers will most look forward to when they take to the field for summer 2022/23,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is a huge announcement for Nicholson Oval which is currently the home of Warialda Junior Rugby League, Warialda Junior Cricket, some senior cricket and Warialda Public and Warialda High School sporting events.
“The old amenities are not fit for purpose with limited provisions for female participation in sport and minimal access for members of the community with a disability.
“These funds will be used to construct a clubhouse with the lot – public amenities, home and away dressing sheds with facilities for both male and female sporting teams, a clubhouse, store room and canteen.
“The facility will also incorporate new tiered seating and an accessible ramp from the upper level to the sporting fields.
“This building complements the new amenities and bar at Gwydir Oval in Bingara, which was also built using State Government funding.
“Having first class facilities will ensure the ongoing viability of junior and female participation and create capacity for additional use through the introduction of new and expanded sport competitions.”
Gwydir Shire Council’s Project Manager Colin Cuell said the replacement amenities building would secure council’s commitment to supporting the development of junior and senior sport in Warialda.
“We acknowledge and cherish the growing participation of females in sports such as cricket and league, both of which are represented at Nicholson Oval and we aim to provide suitable facilities for all participants,” Mr Cuell said.
“The provision of new facilities will not only ensure fit for purpose facilities for the participants of sport, but also for the many dedicated parents, family member and other volunteers who are the backbone of sporting groups in regional communities.
“We anticipate the build will take around six months, from date of commencement, and council is proud the project will utilise Council Building Services staff along with various local contractors from Gwydir Shire and surrounding local government areas.”