Shoalhaven City Council has secured $8 million to upgrade Artie Smith Oval in Bomaderry thanks to Stage 1 of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
The upgrade is part of Shoalhaven Community and Recreation Precinct (SCaRP) project in Bomaderry.
“Council is excited to be delivering an integrated community and recreational precinct for the Shoalhaven community,” said Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Amanda Findley.
“This project is part of a long-term plan for the next 40 years and is intended to meet the needs of a growing community now and into the future.
“The NSW Government funding will support the development of the southern section of the SCaRP Project being the Artie Smith Oval redevelopment, which will be upgraded to a state-level facility for AFL and cricket, with new croquet lawns and associated infrastructure.”
The Mayor said Council had been working with the user groups and state sporting bodies to develop the plans for the facility.
Council expects plans will go out to tender in late August with works to get underway late 2021. The project is expected to be completed by first half of 2023.
The new Artie Smith Oval will provide a state-level standard facility:
- New AFL/Cricket with 5 turf pitches, lighting, irrigation drainage, picket fencing electronic scoreboard, sight screens, and spectator seating/mounding;
- AFL/Cricket Clubhouse and amenities;
- Cricket Practice facility (4 X Synthetic pitches, 4 X turf pitches, storage shed);
- Four croquet courts;
- Croquet clubhouse and amenities;
- Onsite car parking;
- Open space embellishments (pathways, landscaping, furniture, etc);
- Perimeter security fencing.