Oval returns to former glory
Plans to upgrade Queanbeyan’s Riverside Oval have been given the green light with a major injection of funds from the NSW Government, the Member for Monaro John Barilaro announced today.
Mr Barilaro said Riverside Oval, formerly known as the Marco Polo Oval, will undergo a $250,000 makeover through Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Work includes surface and fence upgrades, a new scoreboard and improvements to the clubhouse.
“Riverside Oval has a rich history and has served as a hub for broader community activity for many years,” said Mr Barilaro.
“In the good old days, fans would flock here to watch local football matches. This facility has brought many people together over the years and I’m hopeful this revamp will re-ignite the Marco Polo spirit that existed here.
“It’s a known fact that better sports facilities encourage more local people to play and watch sport and so I’m excited to see how this project unfolds.”
Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council Mayor Cr Tim Overall said the upgrade will restore glory back to the historic oval.
“In years gone by, Riverside Oval, or as it was known back in its prime – Marco Polo Oval – often saw thousands of people crowding around the field to watch top-level football in the region,” said Cr Overall.
“With new lights being installed under Council’s CityCare program, these additional upgrades to the playing surface and surrounding facilities will transform Riverside Oval into a top-class local facility.
“The two projects, funded by QPRC and the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, will bring the facility back to its former glory days and add to the ever-increasing list of outstanding sporting facilities in Queanbeyan-Palerang.”
The NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund will see a number of other local sports projects come to fruition, including a brand new amenities, change rooms and canteen building at the High Street playing fields, and a revamp of Queanbeyan Golf Course.
It’s expected the Riverside Oval upgrades will be ready for the 2019 football season.
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