Game on! Wherrett Park upgrade complete

Media Release

FN053/2016

05 September 2016

Joint release with:

Richie Williamson

Mayor of Clarence Valley Council

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

Wherrett Park is again hosting cricket, soccer, rugby league and athletics thanks to an Australian Government investment of $950,000 to upgrade the Clarence Valley region's sporting facility.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade would mean less interruptions and more games played in the future.

“I'm a massive fan of local sport—I loved playing netball and loved watching my sons play cricket and rugby,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and great local sporting facilities are a big part of that.

“Great local sports facilities can also allow our young country stars to compete at home rather than being forced to move to capital cities so they can use good facilities.

“Sport helps build friendships and teach valuable lessons. This upgrade has created great playing facilities and means games are less likely to be cancelled in the wetter months.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan joined Mayor of Clarence Valley Council Richie Williamson and the community for the opening.

“It is great news that this new modern facility at Wherrett Park has been completed,” Mr Hogan said.

“Our community is sports mad and new facilities like this has been needed for some time and will be well used by our community.

“This is all part of my plan to create sustainable communities for local families and businesses, while attracting new residents and investment from further afield.”

Cr Williamson said quality sports facilities were essential to the quality of life and health of residents.

“Council is thrilled to have been part of this development,” Cr Williamson said.

“Wherrett Park is now a showpiece and the work that's been completed means it will remain in great shape for years to come.

“We could not have done this without the support of other levels of government, particularly the Australian Government. It shows what can be achieved when the three levels of government work together.”

The Australian Government invested $950,000 for the sporting upgrade through the Community Development Grants Programme while the Clarence Valley Council contributed the remaining $23,688.