Wellington’s next generation of NRL hopefuls will have every opportunity to thrive thanks to a $650,000 collaboration between the NSW Government and Dubbo Regional Council.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has joined council representatives today to unveil the new amenities on both the eastern and western sides of Kennard Park, including disabled car parking, expansion and fit-out of the canteen and upgraded change rooms.
“Kennard Park, home to the Wellington Cowboys, has produced some outstanding NRL talent, from Blake Ferguson and Brent Naden to young gun Kotoni Staggs, who’s set to make his Origin debut next week!” Mr Saunders said.
“Kotoni played as a junior right here on these fields, and we’re committed to making sure the next generation of Kotonis – and of course the kids who play for friends, fun and fitness – have every opportunity to thrive.”
The upgrade was made possible thanks to $450,000 from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, with council tipping in a further $200,000.
“Time and time again sport – and the Cowboys in particular – has brought this community together, making it stronger; that’s what this funding is all about,” Mr Saunders added.
Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council Mathew Dickerson said this significant investment into the Kennard Park facilities demonstrates council’s commitment to the Wellington community, and one of the region’s strongest sporting codes.
“Council has contributed $200,000 in funds to ensure the facilities within Kennard Park are delivered to a standard the club can be proud of,” Councillor Dickerson said.
“A lot of talent has been fostered on the fields here in Wellington and it’s important to invest in partnership with the State Government, demonstrating our shared support of grass roots sporting groups in the whole region.”
Local company Glenn Healey Constructions undertook the refurbishment and extension of the amenities.
For more information about the $500 million Stronger Country Communities Fund visit www.nsw.gov.au/sccf