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PLAYING FIELD RETURNS TO FORMER GLORY
Local football teams in Queanbeyan are celebrating after Member for Monaro John Barilaro today officially opened the city’s latest home of football at High Street Playing Fields.
Mr Barilaro joined members of the Monaro Panthers and Queanbeyan City Football Club and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall to see the first boots laced in the upgraded facilities.
“Sport is the lifeblood of the Monaro and it not only helps us look after our health but brings the community together,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Investment in local infrastructure is priority of NSW Nationals in Government and it is great to see the finished product, which benefit the local football community young and old.”
The $640,000 project included new change rooms, public toilets, a canteen, storage room and a club meeting room.
“High Street Playing Fields have a rich history and has served as a hub for broader community for many years. Most recently the renowned Macedonian Cup in 2019 was held here, with clubs from across Australia competing for silverware,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Local clubs have relied heavily in the past on tents, marquees and shipping containers to support the basic level of amenities at the oval and I am pleased to see this venue enter a new era of delivering grassroots programs.
“With Queanbeyan’s rich history in producing a raft of sporting, artistic, cultural and historical icons, the construction of this excellent new facility may be the tool that helps create our next local champion.”
Mayor Overall said the new modular facility was lifted into place by crane in a very quick and smooth operation.
“This impressive new amenities block has replaced a small, tired old toilet block that didn’t meet the needs of local football clubs or the community attending matches at the venue.
“It has raised the standard for sporting venues across the region, and will ensure Council is able to provide a much improved venue for local football teams and their supporters.
“People in the region love sport and this upgrade will be a massive boost for our football organisations as we slowly ease COVID-19 restrictions and look forward to competitions returning over the coming weeks.
Funding under the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund is designed to improve economic growth and productivity through investment in regional communities.
For more information on the Stronger Country Communities Program, please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities-fund