Work is underway to bring the Lower Clarence ‘Magpies’ Rugby League Club’s new home ground up to NRL standards.

The Yamba ground’s upgrade are being funded through a $500,000 Community Sports Infrastructure grant from the Australian Government, a $355,000 Stronger Country Communities grant from the NSW Government and $505,502 from Clarence Valley Council.

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the upgrade was a victory for sport in the region.

“Yamba Sports Complex will soon attract large scale regional events, carnivals, coaching clinics and training academies,” Mr Hogan said.

“These upgrades will include a new canteen, storage spaces, spectator seating, accessible public toilets, referee and first aid room, as well as four unisex change rooms dedicated to encouraging more female participation.”

“The new facilities will meet local National Rugby League (NRL) guidelines as the NRL have expressed interest in coordinating junior training activities here. It will also be great for touch football, Oztag, football and rugby union.”

Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan

NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the new clubhouse facility was a real boon for the future of both junior and senior rugby league in the Lower Clarence as it will provide players and spectators with a dedicated home ground with modern amenities.

“This is all about building the physical and social infrastructure of the future that I am so passionate about so we can build vibrant regional communities,” Mr Gulaptis said.

“The new complex will allow the Lower Clarence ‘Magpies’ Rugby League Club to host more significant sporting events, attracting more investment into the town and increased participation in a much-loved sport.”

“The whole community benefits when all three tiers of government worked in partnership on behalf of residents.”

NSW Nationals Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis

Works are expected to be completed by February 2020.