Sport in the Forbes Shire has received a major boost last week after the NSW Government announced a $683,489 grant for Spooner Oval – home of rugby league in Forbes. The grant was awarded to Forbes Shire Council for the installation of brand new amenities, female change rooms and facilities for female referees.
The grant was part of Round One of the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund which will see $50 million award-ed over two years for new and upgraded sports facilities in Regional NSW.
NSW Upper House MP, Sam Farraway congratulated Forbes Shire Council on receiving the grant which will improve sport infrastructure for the sport-loving Forbes community.
“Sport is part of the fabric of the Forbes community,” Mr Farraway said.
“The Spooner Oval project will provide Forbes residents with a modern, fit-for purpose sports facility.”
Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller was chuffed with the announcement saying that this was one of the steps being taken along with improved lighting that would one day hopefully allow Forbes to “have corporate boxes and host NRL games”.
Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the Regional Sport Facility Fund will help promote healthy lifestyles across regional NSW while stimulating local economies and boosting employment. “The NSW Government recognises investing in new and existing sports facilities plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of NSW residents,” Mrs Ward said.
“The Regional Sport Facility Fund will promote improved health and well-being and create a construction boom across regional NSW as part of the NSW Government’s multi-billion-dollar infrastructure pipeline.”
The Regional Sport Facility Fund provides grants to councils, local sporting bodies, NSW State Sporting Organisations, State Sporting Organisations for People with Disability, National Sporting Organisations and private enterprises.
For the full list of recipients and further information on the Regional Sport Facility Fund, visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants