Work is continuing with the roll out of recommendations from the Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Strategy. The Strategy and its two Master Plans provide the framework to guide the provision of sport and recreation facilities to support active and socially connected lifestyles across the Shire into the future.
“Following a community consultative process which began in 2018, Council formally endorsed the LPS Recreation Strategy and its Master Plans in May 2020. The Strategy identifies the overall directions and outcomes necessary to support Council's commitment to sport and recreation over the next 10 years plus facility development at the Quirindi Showground and Racecourse, and the sporting precinct which includes Longfield Park, Golland Fields and the Milner Parade tennis courts,” said LPSC Mayor Councillor Doug Hawkins OAM.
“Council has successfully secured funding to the value of $3,532,950 to deliver the projects at the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct. Of this amount $2,567,950 was obtained through the State Government’s Crown Lands Showground Stimulus Fund for the Showground redevelopment component, $550,000 through the State Government’s Local Drought Stimulus package and $415,000 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund for the Sporting Precinct,” he said.
“The synthetic surfaces for the 2 new cricket pitches at Golland Fields has been completed and this will allow junior cricket to relocate to the Golland Fields, which in turn will allow for an increased number of players to register with Quirindi Junior Cricket Association. In addition, if the grass pitches at Longfield Oval become unavailable during periods of wet weather the Senior Cricket teams will be able to utilise these facilities too,” he said.
“Quotes have been received for the relocation and improvement to Golland Field soccer ground. Additionally, surveys have been completed by a consultant for Longfield Oval and Golland Fields to ensure the sporting precinct has a level playing surface when complete.
“The contractors for the three new multipurpose, all-weather combined basketball/netball courts to be constructed at Longfield Park have completed preliminary works which include the installation of the concrete margins and new fence posts for the courts. The bases for the lighting columns and associated ducting have also been completed. It is envisaged this project will be completed in the first quarter of 2021,” Councillor Hawkins said.
“At the Showground Precinct, a survey of the grounds has been completed and a contractor appointed for the design of the Pavilion and Clubrooms. A draft design has been provided and feedback sought from the user groups. Council is preparing a Development Application (DA) for the demolition of the two old pavilion buildings and construction of the new pavilion building. It is anticipated that the DA will be lodged shortly.
“Specifications have also been completed for the rodeo arena, trotting track fence, and camp draft arena, and a request for quotations issued,” he said.
“While the Showground Precinct and Sporting Fields Precinct in Quirindi are facilities that are utilised by schools, junior and senior sporting events and sporting organisations from all parts of the Shire, the importance of supplementary facilities in other communities is also important. Over a number of years investment has been made at David Taylor Oval Werris Creek including a new grandstand, improvements to camping amenities, shade coverage, a bore and improved field irrigation and landscaping. A new canteen and amenities facility are currently under construction near the grandstand and will be completed soon. Tennis courts at Currabubula and Warrah Creek have been upgraded and improvements made to recreation ground facilities at Willow Tree and Spring Ridge,” he continued.
“Community consultation has informed Council of the importance of sporting and recreational facilities to a large section of the Shire Community. Council thanks all those individuals, sporting organisations and community groups that have contributed to the development of the recreational strategy. This has assisted Council to successfully gain millions of dollars of grant funding which in turn has enabled the roll out of projects that will support the active and socially connected lifestyles the community wants, now and into the future. These are great outcomes for all concerned,” Councillor Hawkins concluded.