Multi-sports pavilion multi-beneficial
Corowa cricket and hockey players will soon have quality up-to-standard rooms, as opposed to a broom cupboard to change in, after the construction of a Ball Park multi-sports pavilion was confirmed.
Upgrades to the current underwhelming facilities were announced as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, which has granted $199,353 to go towards facility upgrades and new construction.
The project involves the construction of a multi-purpose building at Ball Park Oval in Corowa, which is used by both CR United Hockey Club and the Corowa Cricket Club.
The new building will include a canteen/ kitchen, bar area, storeroom, accessible toilet, function area, change rooms and spectator area.
The facility will form part of Corowa’s sport and recreation precinct, providing opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in physical activity conducive to health and wellbeing. The project will also encourage local sports clubs to maintain their strong focus on youth development, by providing an inclusive and welcoming space.
Works will begin once council appoints project managers.
Corowa Cricket Club President Paul Lavis said he was ecstatic when learning of his application’s success.
“Our facilities have been less than ordinary prior to this grant with visiting teams left with nowhere to change,” he told The Free Press.
“We will have the opportunity to display our history in the pavilion and really have a home.”
Local councillor and Corowa Cricket Club life member Paul Miegel told The Free Press while it’s an exciting prospect for Corowa, the need for an upgrade was becoming increasingly crucial.
“The oval has been widely recognised for many years as a great playing surface by both the Wangaratta Cricket District Associa- tion (WDCA) and Cricket Albury Wodonga (CAW),” he said.
“Its major limitations has been the facilities for players and spectators, with recent council improvements to the viewing area addressing the latter.
“Corowa has, for a long time, punched above its weight with the quality of its playing fields and the opportunity to improve player and spectator amenities can only enhance its reputation.
“The new pavilion will be a welcome improvement for not only the Cricket and Hockey clubs, but potentially the swimming club as well due to its proximity to the swimming pool,” he added.
“All three clubs now compete in Albury- based competitions and it has become evident that better facilities were needed.”
Cr Miegel said the whole town will see benefits derive from brand new facilities, including a potential increase in tourism numbers.
“The construction of a new pavilion will provide the opportunity for Corowa to host local and regional cricket matches thus bringing more people to the town,” he said.
“In addition, it will act as a venue for the clubs to hold club functions as well as the potential to be used by the broader community.”
CR United Hockey Club President Jemma Lumby said it’s a fantastic opportunity for the precinct and the clubs involved.
“For CR United, it will mean having an improved canteen area and change rooms for our home games, as well as a place to hold meetings or club events,” she told The Free Press.
“As the biggest hockey club outside of Albury-Wodonga, it will provide a great opportunity to continue to support hockey in the area and have new facilities for the future.”
With the money set to make a huge difference, Ms Lumby said her initial reaction was one of relief when finding out the project would be funded.
“Paul and his committee have worked hard to get the grant through and accepted for our clubs and the precinct as a whole, it will be very exciting to see the building improve in the future,” she said.
“It also means that a decision has been made and allows us to move forward with other plans for our club.
“CR United Hockey Club would like to thank the Corowa Cricket Club for involving us in their pursuit of improved facilities at Ball Park, the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund for supporting the initiative and members from within our club and surrounds for their ongoing support,” Ms Lumby added.
Mr Lavis also praised the Federation Council, CAW and Cricket NSW.
Corowa Rutherglen United Hockey Club President Jemma Lumby pictured with Corowa Cricket Club President Paul Lavis at Ball Park Oval, where a new multi-sports pavilion will be built to aid the local sporting community.