Northern tablelands MP Adam Marshall, centre, presents a large funding cheque to the Moree Boars Rugby League Football Club for a new clubhouse and grandstand at Boughton Oval.
Friday, 20 March 2020
MEMBERS of the Moree Boars Rugby League Football Club are literally as happy as a pig in mud today, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall delivering the news of a $337,336 State Government funding windfall to construct a clubhouse and grandstand at their home ground Boughton Oval.
Mr Marshall said that like winning a premiership, the funding was the result of years of hard work and planning by the club’s committee, especially its hard-working President Todd Mitchell.
“This development will redefine the way spectators, players and officials engage with footy matches at Boughton Oval, making games more accessible to the wider community,” Mr Marshall said.
“In the coming months we will see a new clubhouse constructed on the western side of the ground near the PCYC.
“The building will have everything expected of a modern day footy club including meeting and conference rooms, bar area, upstairs seating and the all-important canteen, where spectators can buy a pie as they get behind their team.
“Just as importantly a new grandstand will also be included in the build, which will be able to seat between 180 and 200 people.
“There have long been calls for a facility like this in Moree which can be utilised by other sporting codes and community groups.
“I want to congratulate the Moree Boars committee on its perseverance with this project and delivering an important facility which everyone for enjoy.”
Boars’ President Todd Mitchell said the announcement would secure the club’s future.
“As a club, our dream has always been to improve our facilities and make them a place where player’s families and the community can sit and watch the game, out of weather and in comfort,” Mr Mitchell said.
“The development will also improve the management of the club, as the new facility will have an office space to conduct meetings and conferences.
“It’s not uncommon for our younger players to confide in coaching staff about personal struggles.
“I think having somewhere players feel comfortable, can watch the footy and relax with friends will aid them in opening up and help improve mental health.
“We hope to have our local contractors on the ground and building by the middle of May. The club is also liaising with the contractors to see if they can include some of our out of work members in the build, giving those doing it tough a financial boost.
“I want to thank Adam for sticking by us throughout this process and I can’t wait to have him standing here with us to cut the ribbon on the new clubhouse, hopefully by the end of the year.”