Finley Sports and Community Precinct now open

Media Release

WT260/2014

10 December 2014

Joint release with:

Sussan Ley

Federal Member for Farrer

John Williams

NSW Members for Murray-Darling

Bernard Curtin

Mayor of Berrigan Shire Council

A bright, appealing new elite sporting complex officially opened in Finley today, will encourage active lifestyles and participation in sports and other community activities for residents.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the upgraded $1.7 million Finley Recreation Reserve is expected to host more than 200 users each week.

“This new venue is the home ground of the Finley Football & Netball Clubs, Cricket Club and Little Athletics Club and will regularly host finals and carnivals for these sports,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said both the nearby Finley High School and Public School will use the Reserve for daily school sports and competitions, and the Finley Playgroup will also be based at the facility.

“Project works have involved demolition of two obsolete buildings, the design and construction of the new facility and a complete fit-out of the new venue,” Ms Ley said.

“An electronic scoreboard is a highlight of the new facility, which also features large undercover areas for spectators and supporters.”

State Member for Murray-Darling John Williams said the redevelopment was made possible with investment from all levels of government—federal, state and local.

“This project is a great example of governments working together to put regional community outcomes first,” Mr Williams said.

Mayor of Berrigan Shire Council Bernard Curtin said the new facilities will meet the expectations of participants, volunteers and spectators.

“Finley is a sporting community and proud to be the hometown of many famous VFL and AFL players past and present—including Allan Jeans, Jack Hawkins, Shane Crawford and present AFL star Tom Hawkins,” Cr Curtin said.

“I am looking forward to locals enjoying the new facilities and joining in on the fun.”

The Finley Sports and Community Precinct redevelopment was funded through contributions of $500,000 from the Australian Government, $200,000 from the New South Wales Government and $660,000 from Berrigan Shire Council.

Additional funding of $290,000 was raised for the project by the Finley community while AFL NSW/ACT contributed $50,000.