Work is underway to bring the Lower Clarence ‘Magpies’ new home ground up to local NRL standards. Local Federal, State and Council leaders today inspected construction on the site.
The works are being funded through a $500,000 Australian Government grant, a $355,000 NSW Government grant and $505,502 from Clarence Valley Council.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the upgrade was a victory for sport in the region.
“Yamba Sports Complex will soon attract large scale regional events, carnivals, coaching clinics and training academies.
“These upgrades will include a new canteen, storage spaces, spectator seating, accessible public toilets, referee and first aid room, as well as four unisex change rooms dedicated to encouraging more female participation,” Mr Hogan said.
“The new facilities will meet local National Rugby League (NRL) guidelines as the NRL have expressed interest in coordinating junior training activities here. It will also be great for touch football, Oztag, football and rugby union.”
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the new clubhouse facility is a real boon for the future of both junior and senior rugby league in the Lower Clarence as it will provide players and spectators with a dedicated home ground with modern amenities.
“This is all about building the physical and social infrastructure of the future that I am so passionate about so we can build vibrant regional communities,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“The new complex will allow the Lower Clarence ‘Magpies’ Rugby League Club to host more significant sporting events, attracting more investment into the town and increased participation in a much loved sport.
“The whole community benefits when all three tiers of government worked in partnership on behalf of residents.”
Clarence Valley Council Mayor Jim Simmons said Clarence Valley Council is proud to partner with all levels of Government on this project.
“Everyone knows about the health and wellbeing benefits from a facility like this but the benefits to the local community of social connection and increased participation in the economy are just as important,” Cr Simmons said.
Works are expected to be completed by February 2020.