As major work begins on the Wiigulga Sports Complex, 12 local sub-contractors and consultants who have been engaged to date to work with Lahey Constructions on the build were welcomed to the site today by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan MP, State Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh MP and Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight. More local sub-contractors will join the ranks as the project progresses.
There was also 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 said the project is a game changer for the entire Northern Beaches. “Our community has been fighting to make this a reality for over 10 years,” Mr Hogan 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.”
Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said he was proud this exciting project has been owned and driven every step of the way by our local community. “The building design reflects our local Indigenous heritage as well as the multicultural mix of the Northern Beaches.” Mr Singh said. “This new complex is a game changer for the Coffs Coast and I look forward to seeing this dynamic precinct come to life.”
Coffs Harbour City Council 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 Indigneous 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.