New spectator seating, four new change rooms, public toilets and a canteen are some of the features in the new $1.2 million Rugby League Clubhouse in the Ngayundi Yamba Sports Complex made possible by the Federal Nationals in Government.

“The Lower Clarence Magpies Clubhouse was the missing piece at the Yamba Sports Complex so I am happy to announce a grant of $500,000 to build it,” Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said.

“The clubhouse is desperately needed as there are currently no change rooms or first aid rooms for players. It will also include accessible public toilets, a canteen, two referee rooms, a functions room, new spectator seating, a disability access ramp, a time keepers tower and storage space. Importantly, the Clubhouse will cater for the growing female participation in rugby league and can also be used by other sporting codes like soccer and community groups.”

“This is great news for the community and will attract more members and spectators. It also means the field can hold representative matches which will increase tourism to the region.”

Mr Hogan was joined by the Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Senator Bridget McKenzie to make the funding announcement.

“Our Government has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport,” Senator McKenzie said.

The $500,000 grant is from the Federal Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure program. The State Government and Clarence Valley Council will contribute the remainder.

Some of the major projects Kevin Hogan has delivered for our community include:

• $15 million for expansion of Norco’s Ice-cream factory

• $17 million in grants for nine job-creating projects

• More than 300 new Aged Care beds

• New Headspace in Grafton

• Co-funding $7 million upgrade of Clarence Way

• Redevelopment of Oakes Oval.

• New Northern Rivers Regional Art Gallery

• Expanded North Coast Regional Hockey Complex

• Maclean Riverside Precinct

• Casino Amphitheatre

• Southern Cross Lads Safe Driving Course

• Expansion of Summerland House Farm

• Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club

• Wollongbar Club House

• Kyogle Aquatic Centre

• Upgrade of Casino Saleyard

• Sealed road to Toonumbar Dam

• Repair of Woodburn to Coraki Road

• Coffs Harbour bypass

• Revitalisation of Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall

• Major upgrade of Culmaran Creek Road

• Upgrade of Harwood Mill and Refinery

• Replacing 20 wooden bridges in Kyogle

• Upgraded Albert Park Baseball Complex

• Upgrade of Casino Hospital Emergency Department

• Six new Trade Training Centres

• Record bulk billing rates

• Record funding for our local schools

• Record health funding

• Woodburn Riverside Precinct

• Casino Drill Hall Precinct

• More In-Home and Residential Aged Care places