Over $1 Million Dollar Boost for Wellingtons Sport Facilities

FUNDING BOOST TO KICKSTART PIONEER PARK

Users of Wellington’s Pioneer Park will benefit from a share of $36 million to get community sport back on the field after the impacts of recent floods.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced funding from the Essential Community Sport Assets Program, with Dubbo Regional Council receiving $589,117 for upgrades to Pioneer Park, and the Wellington Warriors Football Club granted $26,250 for equipment repairs and replacement.
“We all saw the devastating impact of the floods on our local communities last year,” Mr Saunders said.
“Wellington Warriors suffered catastrophic loss and damage to equipment in a series of flood events from the Bell River, which culminated on 14 November 2022 with their shipping container ‘floating away’.”
“The Pioneer Park ovals have also been significantly affected by substantial erosion, and the fencing and wooden seating has been damaged or washed away,” he said.
“This funding boost will allow for some much-needed repairs and replacement of equipment, helping get players back on the field playing the sports they love.
Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Mathew Dickerson welcomed the funding for Pioneer Park.
“Following the flooding events of 2022 Council had to close the facilities when parts of the oval were washed away and damaged,” Councillor Dickerson said.
“The works, which include sandstone blocks to create a more practical fencing and seating area and a flood resistant perimeter fence, will also further stand up to future flooding events, creating an area that is less likely to be damaged by flooding events in the future.”
Wellington Warriors FC President Peter Lewsham said the club is delighted to receive the funding.
“We’re a small committee and are keen to keeping our fees low, which is largely supported by revenue from our canteen,” Mr Lewsham said.
“Thanks to this grant we will be able to replace a lot of our equipment that was destroyed due to the floods, and kick-off the season with a bang!”

NEW IRRIGATION SYSTEM A HOLE-IN-ONE

Wellington golfers will soon be able to enjoy quality greens all year round thanks to funding from the NSW Government.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced Wellington Golf Club has received $495,000 from the Essential Community Sport Assets Program.
“We’ve previously assisted the golf club with upgrading its irrigation pump station, and this will help build on that,” Mr Saunders said.
“This funding will be used to upgrade and repair the irrigation system for better coverage of the whole course, and ensure the Wellington Golf Course is more resilient for the future, withstanding drought and floods for years to come!”
Wellington Golf Club committee member Marie Cornish said she was “over the moon” to receive the grant.
“If you don’t have decent greens, you don’t have a decent course,” Mrs Cornish said.
“The board is extremely happy, as we’re now able to replace our existing irrigation system, which is over 50 years old, helping improve our course for now, and into the future.”
The Essential Community Sport Assets Program is jointly funded by the Federal and NSW Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, as part of the broader Community Local Infrastructure Recovery Package (CLIRP).
For further information on the Essential Community Sport Assets Program, visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/sport-infrastructure-recovery-fund

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