$10 Million to grow regional sporting centre

The second stage of Mudgee’s Glen Willow Sporting Complex will be completed in its entirety thanks to the NSW Government, with Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders today announcing $10 million for the project.

The project will expand the complex with the addition of two junior rugby league playing fields, two rugby union fields, two multi-purpose fields, a junior rugby league amenities building, rugby union amenities building, turf and synthetic cricket wicket as well as infrastructure including car parking facilities, roads, lighting and fencing.

“We all know Glen Willow is an amazing complex, and in less than two weeks its main playing oval will host the annual Charity Shield match between South Sydney and St George-Illawarra,” Mr Saunders said.

“Major events are great, but Stage 2 is about taking that facility and expanding it to make the precinct the home of community sport in the Mudgee region.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Glen Willow project will benefit Mudgee in a number of ways.

“This funding will keep people in work by putting dollars into pay packets, cash that tradies, suppliers and other workers will spend at local businesses such as cafes, retail stores and local services to keep money flowing through towns,” Mr Barilaro said.

“As well as providing tourism benefits and stimulus for the local economy, expanding the number of outstanding sporting facilities in the local area will encourage young people to become more active, boosting fitness levels and social cohesion.”

Mayor of the Mid-Western Region, Des Kennedy welcomed the funding announcement that will be added to the $6.95 million provided by the Federal Government last year to commence the project.

“This is a great outcome for our region and will allow council to deliver on more and more of the master plan, including a second access road into the venue and an additional 500 car parking spaces, a turf and synthetic cricket wicket plus cycleway extensions,” Cr Kennedy said.

“I thank the NSW Government for delivering on this project that will not only support the health and wellbeing of our community but provide much needed economic benefits, allowing Council to secure large multi-day sporting carnivals and events.”

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