Re­gion’s sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties score fund­ing goals

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL: Barry Shep­herd Oval at Round Moun­tain and Jim Devine Field in Mur­willum­bah have cashed in on the gov­ern­ment’s lat­est round of sport­ing grants, with fund­ing set to breathe new life into the fa­cil­i­ties.

Barry Shep­herd Oval has been awarded a $350,000 grant that will en­able the Tweed Coast Tigers Foot­ball Club to use the field for train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion.

Tweed MP Ge­off Provest pre­sented the cheque to Tweed Coast Tigers vi­cepres­i­dent Ja­son Clark on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time for sports fa­cil­i­ties on the Tweed Coast, with this fund­ing to pro­vide new change fa­cil­i­ties and field light­ing,” Mr Provest said.

In Mur­willum­bah, Jim Devine Field re­ceived $190,000. The grounds are home to both ju­nior and se­nior foot­ball and Lis­more MP Thomas Ge­orge said up­grad­ing Jim Devine Field was a crit­i­cal in­vest­ment for the com­mu­nity’s fu­ture.

“This fan­tas­tic project will boost ac­cess to a valu­able lo­cal sport­ing fa­cil­ity through the con­struc­tion of an of­fi­cial carpark and fence which will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity by im­prov­ing pub­lic and player safety,” said Mr Ge­orge, who was at Jim Devine Field with NSW Min­is­ter for Sport Stu­art Ayres to de­liver the cheque.

“This fund­ing will greatly im­prove safety by re­plac­ing the in­for­mal carpark lo­cated be­tween two fields at the fa­cil­ity, sep­a­rat­ing play­ers and spec­ta­tors from ve­hi­cles.”

Mr Ayres said it was grants such as these that en­sured com­mu­ni­ties thrived.

“We con­grat­u­late Tweed Shire Coun­cil on se­cur­ing this fund­ing and look for­ward to the lo­cal sports and com­mu­nity fa­cil­ity im­prove­ments that will make this re­gion an even more at­trac­tive place to work and raise a fam­ily,” Mr Ayres said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HOW DEVINE: Dar­ren Mckay, Austin Curtin, Stu­art Ayre, Toby Sha­p­land, Thomas Ge­orge, Chris Sha­p­land and Ste­wart Braw­ley cel­e­brate the $190,000 in­vest­ment at Jim Devine Field.

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