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28 April 2021
Officials will open a multi-million-dollar multipurpose clubroom development at Stawell’s North Park during Horsham District Football Netball League action on Saturday.
The project was jointly funded by a $700,000 State Government contribution, $500,000 from Sport Australia, $2-million from Northern Grampians Shire Council and $150,000 from CKS Swifts Football Netball Club.
Federal Member for Mallee Anne Webster and Northern Grampians mayor Murray Emerson will open the redevelopment at 12.10pm.
Throughout the day, Swifts will host football and netball matches against Pimpinio.
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Cr Emerson invited the community to attend the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, at the main doors of the centre overlooking the oval.
The multi-sport clubrooms development includes female-friendly and unisex change rooms, as well as other public amenities and a social space.
Community members attended a walkthrough of the new building with council representatives on April 16, with project leaders outlining a timeline of final external works, primarily signs, landscaping and minor roadworks.
Cr Emerson said leaders also discussed venue hire pricing and booking procedures, along with the process to formally name the building.
He said he was looking forward to the official opening.
“The North Park Multipurpose Sporting Facility project would not have been possible without very generous financial support from the state and federal governments and the incredible donations and fundraising by the community and Swifts Football Netball Club,” he said.
“I am very pleased to see this sporting facility project come to fruition and for our community to be able to celebrate its opening during a Swifts home game makes it even more fitting and special.”
North Park is home to Swifts Football Netball Club, Grampians Cricket Association, Interchurch Netball Association, amateur athletics, Little Athletics and Stawell Country Fire Authority.
Cr Emerson said community members could call the council’s customer service department on 5358 8700 to book a function at the centre.
He said there was already plenty of excitement surrounding the potential of the region’s new asset.
“The response from the community during the walk-through was tremendous,” he said.
In addition to attending the opening, the community can have a say about a new name for the building.
The council will run a poll and adopt the community’s preferred name at a June council meeting.
People can visit www.ngshire.vic.gov.au/Have-Your-Say/North-Park-Multipurpose-
Sporting-Facility-Name-Poll to complete the poll online.
Paper copies are available at the council’s customer service office in Main Street.
The entire April 28, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser and AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!