The NSW Nationals in Government are delivering more than half a million dollars for three sport and recreation infrastructure projects in the Richmond Valley.
Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis announced the funding with Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow in Casino on Wednesday.
“Even if it has been interrupted by the coronavirus, sport is a big deal for the Richmond Valley so we are providing funding to upgrades for soccer and netball in Casino as well as further enhancements to the outdoor youth space and park at Broadwater,” Mr Gulaptis said.
Around 450 Casino RSM Cobras Soccer Club members, including junior, senior and female teams will benefit from a $205,166 investment to resurface the field, buy new goals and replace the coaching box and fencing, making the venue safer and more enjoyable for all once sport resumes.
The 30-year-old flood lighting at the four outdoor courts of the Casino Netball grounds will be replaced with new steel poles and less power-hungry LED lights at a cost of $237,388.
Mr Gulaptis said he was aware the playing surfaces also needed replacing and he was lobbying for funding to achieve that aim too.
A little over $100,000 will complete the Broadwater outdoor youth space and park upgrade for the twin communities of Broadwater and Rileys Hill.
The popular outdoor youth space will be enhanced with a rope climber, a seesaw rocker, soft fall surfacing and two removable tennis net posts at the existing courts.
The project previously received $131,785 from the NSW Nationals in Government to assist with the upgrading of BBQ shelters, a new youth play space featuring a basketball semi-court and skate park, as well as drainage upgrade and toilet renewal.
Cr Mustow said the extra investment in these key sports fields would provide even more opportunity for those wishing to live active and healthy lifestyles.
“Council prides itself on being able to provide top-class sporting and recreational facilities in the local area,” he said. “These two projects will result in numerous benefits, not just for our local sporting groups, but all members of the local community.”
Mr Gulaptis said the funding came from a program the NSW Nationals in Government had secured exclusively for regional areas as well as from pokie taxes being reinvested into regional communities.