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Lower Clarence Magpies wanted to bring their home ground up to local NRL standards. This would allow them to host more significant sporting events and increase participation in sport.
The upgrades needed included a new canteen, storage spaces, spectator seating, accessible public toilets, referee and first aid room, as well as four unisex change rooms dedicated to encouraging more female participation.
All three levels of Government worked together to make this project happen.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the upgrade was a victory for sport in the region.
“Yamba Sports Complex can now attract large scale regional events, carnivals, coaching clinics and training academies,” Mr Hogan said.
“The new facilities will meet local National Rugby League (NRL) guidelines as the NRL have expressed interest in coordinating junior training activities here. It will also be great for touch football, Oztag, football and rugby union.”
State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the new clubhouse facility is a real boon for the future of both junior and senior rugby league in the Lower Clarence as it will provide players and spectators with a dedicated home ground with modern amenities.
“The new complex will allow the Lower Clarence ‘Magpies’ Rugby League Club to host more significant sporting events, attracting more investment into the town and increased participation in a much loved sport,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“This is all about building the physical and social infrastructure of the future that I am so passionate about so we can build vibrant regional communities.”
Clarence Valley Mayor Cr Jim Simmons said the new sports complex will be a great asset for the local sporting communities.
“We are confident this versatile space will now be suitable for a range of activities and will help create a healthier, happier more inclusive community,” Cr Simmons said.
The works were funded through a $500,000 Australian Government grant, a $355,000 NSW Government grant and $505,502 from Clarence Valley Council.