$45,000: Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba.
$45,000: Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba.

Federal grants flow to sport

SPORTING grounds and parks across the Clarence Valley will soon be receiving an upgrade after a funding announcement yesterday.

Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government Anthony Albanese and Page MP Janelle Saffin announced the Rudd Government will provide $597,000 for eight ready-to-go community infrastructure projects in the Clarence Valley.

One of the major beneficiaries of the funding is Grafton Hockey Inc, which has received $130,000.

It will go towards completion of the upper floor of the dormitory.

While the newly appointed executive officer Bruce Carle is pleased with the funding, he said the organisation needs another $300,000 to complete the project.

“I originally applied for $18, 800 to finish off the men’s and women’s showers, so the extra $110,000 funding is a bit of a surprise,” he said.

As soon as the funding reaches Grafton Hockey Inc, work will begin on the $75,000 lift, internal and external stairs to the upper floor, and balustrade on the upper verandah.

“We hope that the top floor will serve as a clubhouse. There will be a bar, an office, a boardroom and a large common room,” he said.

In the past two years, Mr Carle has accepted 56 bookings for the centre from a range of sporting groups.

The centre is also used for emergency accommodation in times of natural disaster.

Upgrades and funding

 $70,000 for installation of field lighting at the Yamba Sports Oval.

  $45,000 for supply and installation of fencing at Ngayundi Yamba Sports Complex.

 $72,000 for refurbishment of a grandstand at McKittrick Park, South Grafton.

  $50,000 for construction of a sensory garden at Pioneer Park, Grafton.

  $20,000 upgrade of

facilities at Harwood Cricket Oval, Harwood.

  $130,000 refurbishment of Fisher Park hockey dormitory in Grafton.

  $60,000 upgrade of a car park at Maclean District


  $150,000 upgrade of

lighting at Barry Watts Oval in


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