WELCOME: Sport and Recreation Minister Graham West and local member Don Page, announce funds for new sports fields in Bangalow.
WELCOME: Sport and Recreation Minister Graham West and local member Don Page, announce funds for new sports fields in Bangalow.

Home goal scored for Bangalow

By RACHEL AFFLICK

BANGALOW dad Troy Delaney can't wait for the day when his two girls play their Saturday soccer at the same time and at the same oval.

With inadequate space at Bangalow's Shultz Oval to accommodate the growing number of junior sporting teams, Mr Delaney said he was often forced to drive from one venue to another and it could be a logistical nightmare.

However, that is about to change.

Yesterday, the State Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham West, visited Bangalow to announce funding for new sports fields at Bangalow.

He said the NSW Government would provide $200,000 to transform the council-owned land west of the existing oval into soccer and rugby union fields and netball courts.

"The increasing population in Bangalow is creating a greater demand for recreation and sporting facilities. The current fields cater for almost 1500 people, but many more want access," Mr West said.

Brian Mackney, project manager for the Bangalow Sports Association, said the demand for sports venues in Bangalow was growing all the time. "They started a summer soccer competition here and 42 teams were nominated immediately. It was all they could accept and they had to close nominations," he said.

The funding announcement also included $44,000 for sports projects in Ballina and Mullumbimby.



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