Tuesday, 7 August 2018
Uralla Shire Mayor Mick Pearce, left, shows Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall the plans to upgrade the Uralla Sporting Complex.
THE Uralla Sporting Complex is again on Adam Marshall’s hit list with the local State MP backing Uralla Shire Council’s plans for another $445,874 in upgrades to elevate the complex into a comprehensive and modern sporting precinct.
Home to Uralla’s junior soccer, cricket, tennis, junior rugby league, netball, basketball and squash competitions, Mr Marshall said a major upgrade of the sporting complex was essential for the continued growth and development of Uralla’s local sport.
“Uralla is a thriving and vibrant community with strong sporting clubs and talent,” Mr Marshall said.
“These latest plans drawn up by Uralla Shire Council are very exciting, build on the $252,000 improvements finished earlier this year and enhance the facilities available for locals to get involved in more sport.”
The proposed upgrades include the replacement of the four remaining disused tennis courts – currently a dirt patch and eyesore – as well as sealing the existing gravel car park, patching and painting the change rooms and undertaking repairs to the squash court roof.
“There will also be small spectator grandstands installed and upgrades to all the existing goal posts to make them useable for multi codes through a socketed combination system,” Mr Marshall said.
“There is also an increased focus by council on expanding the amenities here to make the complex more of a community facility.
“This includes installation of barbecues, playground equipment, water bubblers and outdoor exercise equipment so everyone in Uralla can benefit from the upgraded complex.
“All together Council needs nearly $450,000 to continue with the upgrades to the Complex and I’m throwing my full weight behind this plan.”
Earlier this year Mr Marshall joined Mayor Mick Pearce to unveil $252,000 in upgrades to the Complex which included new canteen facilities, a covered courtyard, improved disabled access and upgraded footpaths. The NSW Government chipped in $132,400 to those essential works.
“This time I’m asking for the full amount to ensure these upgrades happen and create a high-quality home for local and visiting sporting teams of which the community can be proud,” Mr Marshall said.