Monday, April 22, 2024

New sports home for Bega Valley

Construction of the Barclay Street Sportsground and Community pavilion in Eden is complete and ready for use, with a formal opening event planned for next year, Bega Valley Shire Council announced this week.

Council’s Leisure and Recreation Manager, John Grady said it was fantastic to see the sporting and community pavilion completed on time and before Christmas.

“The many sporting clubs and others in the community who use and value the playing grounds have dedicated themselves to working closely with us and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result,” Mr Grady said.

The new pavilion includes all abilities access, changerooms, a kitchen and kiosk, public toilets, clubrooms, community space and internal storage. The old sporting pavilion will be demolished in the new year.

It is the final phase of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund R2 ($654,000) project to revitalise the Barclay Street Eden Sportsground. Other elements included new oval floodlighting and spectator seating.

A further $226,000 was provided by the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. Bega Valley Shire Council also provided $185,000 in funding.

Mr Grady said the building design incorporated features based on learnings from the Black Summer bushfires.

“The new building is much better equipped to support the use of the site as an evacuation area in the future if needed; as well as supporting the needs of sports clubs and community events.”

“Additional contributors also came on board, with generous input from a number of private and public entities, making a significant difference to the outcome,” he said.

Member for Bega, Andrew Constance said the project was another great example of the benefit the Stronger Country Communities fund has had in delivering much needed community infrastructure in regional areas.

“This fund has taken some of the pressure off local government and local community sporting groups to deliver projects that build stronger and more resilient communities,” Mr Constance said.

Council this week acknowledged the support of Wentworthville Leagues Club’s Unite and Raise fund, the Business Council of Australia, Brent Dunne Design Eden, Acora Reneco, Newscorp Australia and Forestry Corporation of NSW.

“We also appreciate the contributions made by many others who donated funds or in-kind services to the project including Lawrence & Hanson Electrical, Pambula, Greg Eastman Electrical, Bega, Rob Barkem, Eden Whalers Football Club and Contact Tiling.”

“Council and the users of the site really appreciate the efforts of all involved in delivering a great outcome. We are looking forward to planning a formal opening in the new year,” Mr Grady said.

He said the new pavilion was a key element in the realisation of the Barclay Street complex masterplan, which includes an upgrade to the soccer clubhouse, a major upgrade to the skatepark, the construction of a new all-inclusive playspace, the establishment of a set down area for the Cruise Ship shuttle bus service, a memorial garden and a network of pathways to link these disparate recreational elements together.

Further elements of the sportsground masterplan are expected to be delivered by late 2022.

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