NEW GLEN INNES INDOOR SPORTS STADIUM & PRECINCT SCORES $811,059

NEW GLEN INNES INDOOR SPORTS STADIUM & PRECINCT SCORES $811,059

$811,059 in State Government grants ‘shoot’ the Warwick Twigg Indoor Sports Stadium development to the next level, with Glen Innes Netball Association members Donna McCelland, left, Kristen Bailey, Julie Fuller, Woollam Constructions Andrew Hall, Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Rob Banham, Deputy Mayor Troy Arundale, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, Woollam Construction Regional Manager Blaine Watson, Tayla Fuller, Kristy Pritchard, General Manager Craig Bennett and Councillor Carol Sparks.

 

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

 

THE wins keep coming for Glen Innes’ multi-million dollar Warwick Twigg Indoor Sports Stadium Centre development and Wilson Park Sports Precinct project, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall this week announcing an additional $811,059 in State Government funding for the projects.

 

$5.5 million in State and Federal Government grants have delivered Glen Innes a two-court indoor stadium, capable of facilitating five separate indoor sports.

 

Mr Marshall said $734,763 from the State Government’s Regional Facility Fund would now install two new outdoor multi-sport courts at Wilson Park and support the fit out of Warwick Twigg Stadium.

 

“This next stage will enhance player and community access to what is an outstanding regional sports precinct,” Mr Marshall said.

 

“In a coming together of codes, two multi-sport courts, with interchangeable boards and rings, will be added at Wilson Park.

 

“This will allow the local netball and basketball associations to extend their competitions and increase the number of teams able to play.

 

“Pedestrian connection between, and access to, multiple sport venues will be improved by the construction of concrete pathways and entries.

 

“Spectator seating for 100 people will be installed in the stadium, giving fans the opportunity to cheer on their team and providing the venue with capacity to host business, community and entertainment events.

 

“Finally, in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and operating costs at the indoor stadium, a rooftop solar system will be installed.

 

“As both developments enter their final stages I commend council on its commitment to expanding opportunities for local women to be involved in sport.”

 

Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Robert Banham said the redevelopment would benefit both netball and basketball.

 

“The growth of women’s sport in Glen Innes has been stifled by the number of courts which meet representational standards or specifications for all-weather play,” Cr Banham said.

 

“To achieve sports growth, the extra courts are a requirement to host larger scale club and school intrastate/interstate team carnivals and training camps.

 

“The additional courts will take the town’s count to six netball courts and three basketball courts – that’s massive for shire with a population of 6,000 people.

 

“The construction of the multipurpose courts, covered areas and a linking pathway through the parklands to the CBD will make access to the facility easier for children and families, opening the space up for a variety of recreational purposes.

 

“Uneven ground around the sports facilities has inhibited those with a disability and limited mobility from engaging with that area.

 

“Council is lifting the barriers to accessing sport in our community in the hope of improving health outcomes and boosting social cohesion.”

 

$76,296 of the overall funding is from the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

 

Glen Innes Netball Association President Rebecca Cooke said the grant would enhance the family friendly appeal of netball.

 

“Our goal is to grow as a club and have the ability to offer a safer and more enjoyable space for our members,” Mrs Cooke said.

 

“We currently have over 100 children attend our venue on a Saturday, either playing netball, watching siblings or waiting for their Mum to finish playing.

 

“Our current facilities do not provide a safe space for families which is why we will be installing a designated enclosed play area for children.

 

“Additional storage will give us a place to keep balls and equipment on site, without having to rely on volunteers to bring items to training and game day.

 

“With so many wash outs last year we are excited about the completion of the indoor stadium and the freedom it will give our members to play netball all-year-round.”

 

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