Moree Council secure $1.5m to develop premier sporting precinct

Sporting boost: Adam Marshall and Katrina Humphries with junior and senior cricket, netball and AFL representatives at Ron Harborne Oval.
Sporting boost: Adam Marshall and Katrina Humphries with junior and senior cricket, netball and AFL representatives at Ron Harborne Oval.

A long-standing vision to turn Moree’s Ron Harborne Oval into a premier sporting precinct will soon become a reality.

Moree Plains Shire Council has secured almost $1.5 million from the state government to upgrade the oval, benefiting several sporting codes.

The council will replace lighting on the main cricket oval moving the old lighting down to the netball courts.

It will also upgrade current canteen and amenities in the middle of the oval.

Another oval will then be created across the road from the netball courts to create a second cricket and AFL ground featuring a turf wicket.

The Moree Suns will be relocated to play on the new facility.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said it made sense to co-locate sporting codes.

“Not only can different sports share a canteen and amenities but they can also share the costs associated which is a big factor these days,” he said.

Marshall said once completed the complex will be of such standard that Moree could put up its hand to host country and state championship events.

Sport is such an important part of the bush and we want to keep our kids in the bush.

Mayor, Katrina Humphries.

“As we all know in country towns, sport is what brings people together,” he said.

“Not only do some benefit and go on to play for state and country but it also brings people together for social cohesion,” he said.

MPSC mayor Katrina Humphries said council was immensely proud and grateful to received the funding.

“Sport is such an important part of the bush and we want to keep our kids in the bush so we need to have good sporting facilities,” she said. 

Humphries said junior and senior cricket, netball, AFL, soccer, hockey and many other sporting codes would benefit once work is complete.

“We can’t wait to get started, what a lovely Christmas present,” she said.