A SUMMER cricket ground at Inverell will be transformed into a major year-round sporting complex thanks to a $510,000 funding boost.
The $686,602 project was confirmed yesterday morning by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall with the announcement of the funding by ClubGrants NSW.
Inverell Shire Council will also contribute the $176,602 needed to finish the project.
The funding will upgrade the park’s ageing infrastructure, with new amenities to be built and the grounds will be expanded to cater to the city’s wide variety of sport.
Inverell council beat out many rivals to gain the funding, according to Mr Marshall.
“The project’s focus is to increase youth in- volvement in sport in Inverell. Cameron Park is the home of junior cricket, however, the under-sized grounds and dilapidated infrastructure have been
barriers to increasing participation in the sport.
“The redevelopment will address these needs through upgrading the playing surface, in- stalling two full-size cricket ovals and four rugby league and soccer grounds.
“Cricket nets will be installed which will give year-round practice facilities, while installation of playground equipment will provide a family-friendly facility.
“This project will transform Cameron Park into a regional sporting complex which, together with existing sporting facilities in town, will make Inverell an ideal location for stateand national sporting carnivals.”
Inverell Shire Council general manager Paul Henry said preliminary work on the project would begin in October and would see the installation of an irrigation system and top dressing of the ovals.
“Work on the refurbishment of the amenities block and renewal of cricket nets will begin in December and work on the playground equipment, fencing, car park, kerbing and guttering are expected to be completed by the end of summer,” he said.
“Our aim is to host an open day on the new fields early in April.”