Multi-sports pav­il­ion multi-ben­e­fi­cial

The Free Press (Corowa) - - CLASSIES (03) CLASSIES - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

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.

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