Central Coast Council has completed upgrade works at Kanwal Oval, improving the lighting system, drainage and irrigation for local sporting clubs and residents.
Council Director Community and Recreation Services, Julie Vaughan said completion of this project for the community will better support local sports groups and promote a healthier and more active community.
“Kanwal Oval is a much loved and frequently used community facility that was in need of some TLC. The existing floodlights had reached the end of their functional life and were no longer serving their purpose, and the grounds were less than desirable,” Ms Vaughan said.
“Now, thanks to a Sport Australia Move It AUS – Community Sport Infrastructure grant, the facility can be used to its full potential – encouraging physical activity, team sports and bringing families together to support and spend quality time with each other.”
Minister for Sport The Hon Richard Colbeck MP said the upgrade provides increased opportunities for even more local sporting groups to train and play. “Kanwal Oval has been a popular choice for local cricket and soccer clubs, community users and schools. The installation of sub soil drainage and a new irrigation system means the ground can recover after rain and stay open for longer periods of time, encouraging other sports to also use the facility,” Minister Colbeck said.
He said the Morrison Government’s $100 million Community Sport Infrastructure grant program is a valuable investment in building community spirit and pride.
“This program is not just about building better sporting facilities, it is about building stronger, healthier communities by promoting physical activity, social connection, and economic vitality.”
Senator for New South Wales, Jim Molan AO DSC said: “This investment in the local Central Coast community will allow children and adults alike, the opportunity to safely participate in sport and physical activity.
“Sport is a great way to grow a community and this joint project will do exactly that for Kanwal.”
Council Administrator, Rik Hart said part of Council’s essential service delivery is the maintenance and improvement of facilities needed by the community.
“Council supports a healthy and active community and manages over 160 sporting facilities on the Central Coast that can cater for a range of sports including cricket, soccer, netball, baseball, little athletics, rugby and more not to mention school sport, cross country and athletics carnivals,” Mr Hart said.
“We are delighted to be able to continue delivering important projects like this one for our community, made possible through planning and great partnerships with organisations that share the same visions.”
This is a joint project by Sport Australia and Central Coast Council with Sport Australia contributing funding of $150,000 to the upgrades.
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Last updated : Sat 29 May 2021
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