Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Bega sports upgrade ready for kick off

Work to upgrade the Bega Sports Complex will soon kick off with the signing and issuing of the imminent construction contract, marking a crucial milestone in the project timeline.

Bega Valley Shire Mayor, Russell Fitzpatrick said residents will soon see site fencing go up at the location in late April, with demolition and construction to begin soon after.

“After months of planning and negotiations, we are pleased to see progress on this eagerly anticipated project,” Mayor Fitzpatrick said.

“This is a significant step towards creating a modern and versatile sporting hub for our community.”

Council says the project, which received development approval in June 2023, will address numerous deficiencies within the existing complex, including outdated facilities, non-compliant and inadequate change rooms, limited disability access, and ageing indoor courts.

The approved design promises a substantial improvement, catering to the diverse needs of sporting clubs, community groups and event organisers. The project also includes much improved, adaptable female friendly changeroom facilities which service the two ovals and indoor court.

“Our goal is to establish a facility that not only meets current needs but also anticipates future demands, accommodating a wide range of user groups,” Mayor Fitzpatrick said.

“When we open the doors in 2025, the Bega Sports Complex will highlight our commitment to fostering community wellbeing through addressing and prioritising local needs.”

The NSW Office of Sport is the major funding partner for the project, contributing $11. 7 million.

Council is continuing to pursue external funding options and has submitted a Stage 2 application under the Australian Government’s Growing Regions Program, for an additional $4.8 million towards the project.

“Council has committed to contribute the funding needed to complete the project, reflecting the contribution to renewal of the existing ageing assets,” it said in a statement.

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