$3.2m gold rush to foster sport dreams
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.