Sport and recreation investment will benefit many

Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, says that that an update report to Councillors on progress towards the implementation of the Shire’s Sport and Recreation Strategy has highlighted Council’s success in obtaining grant funding to roll out its recommendations.

“This is fabulous news for the Shire’s many residents of all ages who participate in sport and recreational activities. Since the adoption of the Recreation Strategy in May 2020 funding has been secured to the value of $3,117,950 to commence implementation of the Showground Precinct and the Quirindi Sporting Fields Precinct projects.

“That total is made up of $2,567,950 funding for the Showground Precinct through the NSW State Government’s Crown Land’s Showground Stimulus Fund and $550,000 for the for the Quirindi Sporting Precinct Redevelopment through the NSW State Government’s Local Drought Stimulus Package. Council is grateful to the State Government for supporting the vision and State Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen for his support.

“Considering Council only formally adopted the Liverpool Plains Shire Recreation Strategy and its Master plans for the Showground precinct and the Quirindi Sporting precinct in May this year I am delighted with the progress to date, with funding secured, a clear plan in place for delivery and some of the projects already underway

“Thank you to our local sporting organisations, facility user groups, and other individuals who contributed to the development of the strategy. Many of you are volunteers, passionate about your sport, but willing to work together to achieve improved facilities that create a sporting hub that is functional and caters for all Shire residents from junior sports through to senior competitions and sporting carnivals.

“Thank you also to my fellow Councillors for supporting this sporting and recreation vision and Council’s GM, Directors and their support teams for expeditiously delivering the commitments outlined in the strategy.

“The Showground and Sports Precincts are utilised at some time or another by a very large cross section of the Shire’s residents who recognise their value as community assets. Working as a community we’ve set a clear direction for their development and utilisation that supports active and socially connected lifestyles for the Liverpool Plains community now and for the long term,” Councillor Hope concluded.

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