Pos­si­ble makeover for Barkly Park

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) -

Mem­ber for Be­nam­bra Bill Tilley vis­ited the Ruther­glen Cats match at the week­end to an­nounce an elec­tion prom­ise.

If elected to gov­ern­ment, the Lib­eral Na­tion­als will pro­vide $350,000 to­wards an up­grade of

fa­cil­i­ties by the Barkly Park Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment, to cre­ate a mod­ern and func­tional mul­ti­pur­pose cen­tre, user-friendly kitchen and view­ing deck.

Barkly Park is home to more than 20 sport­ing and com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing the Ruther­glen Foot­ball, Cricket and Net­ball clubs. Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Matthew Guy said the fa­cil­i­ties at Barkly Park were dated and needed sup­port.

“A gov­ern­ment I lead will sup­port lo­cal sports clubs, in­stead of spend­ing mil­lions of dol­lars

up­grad­ing Eti­had Sta­dium in Mel­bourne,” he said.

Mem­ber for Be­nam­bra, Bill Tilley said there had been some work done be­hind the scenes.

“We have been work­ing on this project for sev­eral years and the Barkly Park Com­mit­tee of

Man­age­ment has put a lot of hard work and fundrais­ing into mak­ing this hap­pen,” he said.

“There are so many com­mu­nity groups that use the fa­cil­i­ties and it is a hub for cel­e­bra­tions – it re­ally is a gath­er­ing place for Ruther­glen. “This fund­ing will com­ple­ment the on field suc­cess and lead to an even stronger com­mu­nity.”

Com­ments at­trib­ut­able to Gra­ham Steed, Barkly Park Com­mit­tee of Man­age­ment.

“This is a mas­sive boost for the peo­ple of Ruther­glen, its many sports teams and the fam­i­lies, schools, com­mu­nity clubs and busi­nesses that are des­per­ate for com­fort­able and func­tion­ing meet­ing and func­tion spa­ces.

“The new Barkly Park fa­cil­ity will help Ruther­glen grow ju­nior and fe­male sports par­tic­i­pa­tion: an area that we have demon­strated lead­er­ship. “It will help re­tain these young peo­ple through a life­time par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport and will be an

at­trac­tive place for fam­i­lies to spend time at sports.

“This com­mit­ment by the Lib­eral Na­tion­als is tes­ta­ment to the pa­tience, hard work and gen­eros­ity

of the Ruther­glen peo­ple who have do­nated $75,000 in cash and count­less hours of do­nated

labour and skills to con­trib­ute to the over­all im­prove­ment of this sports head­quar­ters.”

Ruther­glen Cats Football-Net­ball Club Pres­i­dent Greg Lumby with Mem­ber for Be­nam­bra Bill Til­ley and mem­bers of the football-net­ball club at the week­end.

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