Blighty build tak­ing shape

Southern Riverina news - - LOCAL CLASSIES -

The de­vel­op­ment of a new net­ball and ten­nis fa­cil­ity at the Blighty Recre­ation Re­serve has be­gun.

Made pos­si­ble by the Ed­ward River Coun­cil’s Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund Ma­jor Projects Pro­gram, works on the state of the art fa­cil­ity were started late last year.

De­niliquin com­pany Pre­cise Build has been ap­pointed to do the work, which will in­clude a large ve­ran­dah and win­dows over­look­ing net­ball and ten­nis courts and foot­ball field.

The con­crete slab and foun­da­tions were poured in late De­cem­ber, with the frame set be in­stalled this month.

With the lock-up stage planned for March, Blighty Net­ball Club pres­i­dent Vicki Ack­ers was ex­cited to see the works com­mence.

‘‘It’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic that we will have new change rooms and other fa­cil­i­ties,’’ she said.

‘‘There will be sep­a­rate change rooms for our teams and the vis­it­ing teams with each change room hav­ing show­ers and toi­lets.

‘‘The um­pires will also have their own change room.

‘‘The fa­cil­i­ties we have will also in­clude a fam­ily room where spec­ta­tors can over­see the net­ball courts and footy field.

‘‘The whole fa­cil­ity is go­ing to be big­ger than what we’ve pre­vi­ously had so it’s very ex­cit­ing.’’

The project was al­lo­cated $550,000 from the coun­cil’s Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Fund ma­jor projects pro­gram, more com­monly re­ferred to as ‘merger money’.

The upgrades are ex­pected to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing foot­ball clu­b­rooms.

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