Shining a light on rugby and uniting a community
A NEW grant will help shine light on training fields at the Wollongbar Multi-Sports Facility, and in the process, unite a rugby club.
Page MP Kevin Hogan has announced a $15,000 Stronger Communities Program grant for the Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Club to help fund modern LED lighting for a second training field.
Howard Atkinson, media liaison from the rugby club, said the club would re-locate to the new facility when it was finished, and the lighting would help teams train in the one place.
He said with only one field at the club's current home in Cerreto Circuit, junior members trained at other grounds around Alstonville and Wollongbar.
"The new ground will be a central facility - under 8s to under 18s will all be at one venue," Mr Atkinson said.
"The juniors can train where the seniors are ... it will feel more like a club.
"We will be able to hold pre-season carnivals and championships there."
Mr Hogan said the grant would benefit the whole community.
"With the new lighting, the field can also be used for training by the seniors and other sporting clubs.
"It will also provide a venue for night markets and special community activities, such as a Christmas carnival."
The council-owned field at Cerreto Circuit will still be used for training and by the community, with the possibility it could be shared by other sporting groups.
The lighting grant is in addition to Federal funding of $500,000 for the overall sport facility, expected to be finished by the end of the year.
As well as a number of fields and courts, the new facility will house a covered spectator area, a 200-person function area, a fully serviced kitchen to allow for self-catering, meeting rooms, storage areas for individual clubs, bar and canteen facility, and an outside catering area.
With a variety of other sporting clubs and groups planning to use the new sports facility, Mr Hogan hopes to see not only the rugby club united, but also the wider community.