Julie Dougherty tests out the squash courts at the new Maclean Indoor Sports Centre.
Julie Dougherty tests out the squash courts at the new Maclean Indoor Sports Centre. DEBRAH NOVAK

Sports centre set to open

LOWER River residents now have one more good reason to get fit and active.

After three years without an indoor sports centre, a new $3.26million facility will open to the public on Sunday ahead of the official opening on Monday.

But even before the centre's opening, some sports have broken the start and gotten away early.

Squash has already commenced with games being played on Monday and Tuesday nights, with more to come as numbers build.

Centre manager Matt McKee said multi-court nets would be installed early this week and almost everything would be finished the following week.

When fully operational, the centre will offer indoor cricket, netball, futsal, squash, volleyball and basketball.

There have been some minor hiccups with the installation of basketball hoops but McKee said there was a fairly simple fix and basketball would definitely be offered.

There is also a chance badminton will be available, but that depends on player numbers and it is almost certain a wheelchair sport will be offered.

All competitions should be ready to start on March 7.

McKee said he was keen to get the word out that the centre would soon be fully operational.

He said the community had received strong support from the people of Maclean, particularly the business community, which helped raise about $110,000.

“There's hardly a business in Maclean that hasn't donated,” he said.

“I hope they all come along and use it.

“People who have had to drive some distance from Maclean, now only have to drive a few blocks.

“It should be great.

“There are about 10 little jobs to do but it will get the finishing touches this week.”

The centre was constructed with funds raised by the community, a $2 million Federal Government community infrastructure grant, a $50,000 NSW community building partnership grant, with the shortfall made up by council for the $3.259 million facility.

The centre will be officially opened by the Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, on March 7.



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