West-end pav­il­ion a boon for sports clubs

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The west­ern side of Kar­ratha has its first sports pav­il­ion.

The long-awaited Tam­brey Pav­il­ion in Nickol was of­fi­cially opened to the pub­lic at a com­mu­nity day on Fri­day, Novem­ber 11.

The new $2.2 mil­lion fa­cil­ity on Tam­brey Oval marks a ma­jor ad­di­tion to sports in­fra­struc­ture in west­ern Kar­ratha and has been in de­vel­op­ment since mid-2014.

Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls and lo­cal chil­dren of­fi­cially opened the build­ing with a cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon-cut­ting. Speak­ing at the event, City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the pav­il­ion pro­vided a much-needed boost to sports clubs and play­ers in west­ern Kar­ratha.

“This has been a miss­ing part of our in­fra­struc­ture puz­zle for a long time, get­ting a pav­il­ion at this end of town,” he said.

“It’s also been im­por­tant be­cause now we ac­tu­ally have another venue for dif­fer­ent sport­ing clubs to use.”

City of Kar­ratha chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Adams said Tam­brey Oval had been in need of an in­fra­struc­ture up­grade for some time, with its last project a small toi­let block built in 1996.

“Twenty years on, we’ve gone from hav­ing a toi­let block to fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties like this — it’s a big step up,” he said.

The pav­il­ion will serve as the main clu­b­room of lo­cal sports groups Nickol Ju­nior Soc­cer Club and Raiders Box­ing Club.

Both groups were in­volved in the open­ing day, with the Raiders set­ting up a box­ing ring in­side the clu­b­room for chil­dren and the soc­cer club hold­ing shoot-outs and putting on a sausage siz­zle.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

PDC chief Terry Hill, Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long, Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls and Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation’s Bren­dan Cul­li­nan join young soc­cer en­thu­si­asts at the Tam­brey Pav­il­ion open­ing.

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