Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Ashford Rugby League President Mick Lewis at the Ashford Sports Ground.
WITH the help of a $75,000 grant from the NSW Footy Facilities Fund, Ashford’s Sports Ground, home of the town’s Roosters Rugby League Club, will soon be receiving a major upgrade to its amenities, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall met with Ashford Rugby League President Mick Lewis today at the club’s home ground to make the announcement and discuss the plans for the more than $150,000 project.
“The Footy Facilities Fund is a joint initiative between the NRL and the State Government that helps fund grassroots footy clubs across the state and I’m delighted Ashford has been successful in its application,” Mr Marshall said.
“This project will see the construction of a new canteen and new brick amenities block at the ground, which will include dressing rooms for teams and officials and public toilets.
“The fund matches projects dollar-for-dollar so it’s impressive this small rural sporting club has raised the funds for this upgrade – it’s a great indication of the support they have in the community.
“I commend Ashford Rugby League club, its players and supporters, for their huge contribution to the project, as well as the critical financial support of Inverell Shire Council.”
Mr Marshall said rugby league was a big part of life in Ashford and he was looking forward to seeing this latest improvement project get underway.
In the past few years the club has received financial support from the state government for the installation of portable spectator seating at the ground as well as the electricity supply to the existing canteen,” he said.
“Every time I visit Ashford Mick Lewis is quick to point out the need to make facilities more comfortable for players, visitors and supporters so this is great news for the club and the town and I’m pleased to see more funding coming Ashford’s way.”
Mr Lewis thanked Mr Marshall for his support and said it was gratifying to know the NSW Government and NRL were keen to support small rural community projects.
“This is great news – we’re really looking forward to getting this project going. We just need approval from the council and then we will get some tenders out. Inverell Shire Council has been very supportive so it shouldn’t be too long,” Mr Lewis said.
“We have a lot of community support in Ashford so it will be great to be able to provide more comfortable facilities for our players and patrons.”