Monday, May 27, 2024

Work begins on Wiigulga Sports Complex for Woolgoolga

As major work begins on Woolgoolga’s Wiigulga Sports Complex, sub-contractors, consultants and local MPs were welcomed onto the site today following a traditional smoking ceremony to celebrate the Gumbaynggirr name for the Complex.

‘Wiigulga’ refers to the black apple tree which is found locally and on the site.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, State Member for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh and Coffs Harbour Mayor, Denise Knight took part in today’s proceedings.

Mr Hogan said the project was a game changer for the entire Northern Beaches.

“Our community has been fighting to make this a reality for over 10 years,” he said.

“It will allow Woolgoolga to host major sporting and cultural events, drawing more people to our region.

“This project is all about creating and supporting local jobs – it will create over 140 jobs during construction and support many more into the future.”

Mr Singh said he was proud the project had been “owned and driven every step of the way” by the local community.

“The building design reflects our local Indigenous heritage as well as the multicultural mix of the Northern Beaches,” he said.

“This new complex is a game changer for the Coffs Coast and I look forward to seeing this dynamic precinct come to life.”

Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said: “This has been a community-led and community-focused project from its very beginnings, so I’m delighted to see that so many local tradies and businesses will be working on the build and fit-out.”

“This is a great example of how major stimulation projects are vital for the local economy as we continue to recover from the pandemic.

“I’m also delighted to see how the Indigenous name for the Wiigulga Sports Complex has been embraced and celebrated by all.

“Huge congratulations must go to everyone involved in this project, in particular the tireless community working group led by Alastair Milroy.”

The Wiigulga Sports Complex project was made possible through joint funding by the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, a State Government election commitment funded in the 2019-20 Budget under the Stronger Communities stream and Coffs Harbour City Council.

About the project:

The project vision for Wiigulga Sports Complex is to deliver an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community space for locals and visitors to gather, play, compete, practice, learn, perform and celebrate.

The project includes:
• Playing Fields: to cater to AFL, Cricket, with tournament overlay for Touch Football as well as multi use fields, including lighting, drainage and amenities.
• Multi-Purpose Centre: two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities.
• Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services.

The project is expected to be completed by late 2022.

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