Photo caption: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, Gwydir Shire Council Senior Project Manager Colin Cuell and Clarissa Barwick at the Warialda Recreation Ground, which will receive a $163,763 upgrade.
Tuesday, 18 April 2023
WARIALDA Recreation Ground is kicking goals after scoring a $163,763 State Government grant under the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund for major upgrades, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall said Gwydir Shire Council would use the funding to construct new rugby league goal posts on the ground, install an electronic scoreboard as well as undertake earth works to the terrace at the southern end of the oval to improve spectator positioning and access.
“I’m thrilled that Warialda’s premier sporting ground will undergo a major makeover to improve facilities for players and spectators,” Mr Marshall said.
“The recreation ground is used by a variety of sporting codes and community groups, from the local rugby league club, touch footy and league tag, as well as concerts and the annual Honey Festival
“A refurbishment of the ageing canteen facilities is also on the cards to ensure youngsters can enjoy an ice-cream or cold drink during sporting events and volunteers operate in a much more modern and comfortable space, which is easy to keep clean.”
Mr Marshall said the canteen upgrades would include a new epoxy floor coating, new roller shutters and lighting installed alongside minor building maintenance.
“The stainless-steel benches and servery counters are currently being installed, with work set to be completed shortly, in time for the Warialda Wombats first home game,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is all about future-proofing the facilities to ensure the ground serves the Warialda community well into the future.
“I congratulate council and the community on securing these funds to upgrade an important facility for all locals.”
Gwydir Shire Mayor John Coulton warmly welcomed the funding and said council was excited about undertaking the work, delivering more improvements to the ground.
“We thank Adam and the government for providing this funding to our community,” Cr Coulton said.
“It will allow council to make more improvements to the recreation ground, which is well used by all Warialda locals.”