$3.2m gold rush to fos­ter sport dreams

Tweed Daily News - - SPORT - Steve Vi­vian steve.vi­vian@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

THE sport­ing land­scape of Kingscliff is set to be trans­formed af­ter the com­mu­nity net­ted a whop­ping $3.2 mil­lion pack­age from the State Gov­ern­ment for a sprawl­ing rede­vel­op­ment of the sports fields ad­ja­cent to Wom­min Bay Rd.

The scope of the Kingscliff Sport and Re­cre­ation Com­plex rede­vel­op­ment is broad, with an um­brella of sports to ben­e­fit from the plans in­clud­ing soc­cer, hockey, lit­tle ath­let­ics and rugby league.

The de­vel­op­ment will re­ju­ve­nate ev­ery cor­ner of the cur­rent sports precinct on both the north and south of Wom­min Bay Rd, with Wal­ter Peate Fields, Ned Byrne Field, Merve Ed­wards Field and Reg Dal­ton Oval slated for wide-rang­ing up­grades in­clud­ing new play­ing sur­faces, light­ing and ameni­ties.

The funds, an­nounced by Tweed MP Ge­off Provest, were hard won by a Kingscliff sport­ing com­mu­nity lead by the Kingscliff Dis­trict Foot­ball Club com­mit­tee, who got the ball rolling on the project al­most a decade ago, build­ing a con­sen­sus with other sport­ing codes be­fore col­lab­o­rat­ing with coun­cil to sub­mit the suc­cess­ful grant.

The $3.2 mil­lion pack­age will fund stage one of the project, with the com­mit­tee op­ti­mistic stage two funds can be reeled in next year.

Mr Provest praised the work of the com­mit­tee, the com­mu­nity and all the mums and dads who pushed to make the project hap­pen.

Speak­ing di­rectly to a group of young foot­ballers at the sports fields, Mr Provest had the young­sters on side when he di­vulged that up­graded can­teen fa­cil­i­ties were in­te­gral to the new master plan.

“There are so many peo­ple want­ing to play sport here in Kingscliff, par­tic­u­larly soc­cer, that your old build­ing across the road was get­ting far too small,” Mr Provest ex­plained to the ju­niors.

“So this is money from the gov­ern­ment to help you re­lo­cate and build re­ally nice grounds with fa­cil­i­ties, toi­lets and can­teens.”

“I love can­teens!” de­clared one young­ster, who will be able to take her pick of food out­lets af­ter the de­vel­op­ment is com­pleted.

The fund­ing was hailed as a vic­tory for all sports codes by Kingscliff Wolves Foot­ball Club vice pres­i­dent Mark Suhor.

“This is not just a win for soc­cer, but for all the sports in­volved here at this precinct,” Mr Suhor said.

FUND­ING BOOST: It’s all smiles at the an­nounce­ment Kingscliff’s pri­mary sport­ing precinct is set to un­dergo ma­jor up­grades.

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