Varley Oval upgrade unveiled in Inverell

Media Release


06 November 2015

Joint release with:

Paul Harmon

Mayor of Inverell Shire Council

Barnaby Joyce

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Federal Member for New England

Sporting enthusiasts in the Inverell region can raise a cheer today with the completion of the Varley Oval Sporting Complex Redevelopment project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government provided $500,000 towards the $1.7 million project.

“This is a great example of the Australian Government's commitment to working with local government to build better, more productive infrastructure for communities right across Australia,” Mr Truss said.

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce opened the upgraded facilities today and said the complex was the venue of choice for many sporting groups, competitions of all levels and community events.

“Accessible in all weather conditions, the complex will support youth and family activities and encourage healthy and active lifestyles in our community,” Mr Joyce said.

“What's more, 29 jobs were created in the community during construction, with two ongoing jobs expected to be created as a result of the project.”

Mayor of Inverell Shire Council Paul Harmon said the redevelopment of the Varley Oval Sporting Complex was much needed and long overdue.

“Works included the refurbishment and expansion of the Administration and Amenities building and construction of large seating areas to improve spectator viewing and comfort,” Cr Harmon said.

“New energy efficient lighting around the oval's perimeter was installed along with a new underground drainage system that is linked to council's existing stormwater system. Access to the complex was also improved with new internal roads and an expanded car park.”

The Varley Oval Sporting Complex Redevelopment project was jointly funded by the Australian Government providing $500,000 and Inverell Shire Council contributing $1.2 million.