“Demand for upgrades has been established through consultation with user groups and peak bodies. The move follows on from recommendations in the LPS Sport and Recreation Strategy for relocation and colocation of activities to increase overall capacity and enhance the flexibility of activity spaces as outlined in the Quirindi Sport and Recreation Precinct Master Plan,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
The Liverpool Plains Shire’s vision to develop its sporting precincts, to provide for optimal use of facilities for sport and recreation groups and the wider community, is taking another exciting step forward with redevelopment taking place at the Harold Golland Sporting Fields to provide a shared base for soccer and junior cricket.
“The work includes 2 new synthetic cricket pitches that will allow junior cricket to relocate to the Golland Fields, allowing for an increased number of players to register with Quirindi Junior Cricket Association to participate in one of the region’s favourite sports. It is a project that benefits young people from all areas of the Shire who come in to participate,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
President of the Quirindi Junior and District Cricket Associations Mick Sevil said, “for junior cricket it will give us the ability to continue to expand. We ran out of room at Longfield Park last year and had to close registrations. The move to Golland Fields will provide more opportunity to foster cricket amongst the region’s juniors. The new synthetic pitches will allow juniors to be better prepared as they transition to the older age groups”.
The project is being funded through LPSC’s successful application to the NSW Government’s Drought Stimulus Program that has provided $900,000 to fund a number of projects to upgrade infrastructure that provides economic stimulus. $550,000 has been budgeted for the redevelopment of the Quirindi Sporting Precinct, a project that will benefit sportspeople, young and old, from all over the Shire. In addition, other projects are being undertaken at Premer, Spring Ridge and Warrah Creek,” Councillor Hope said.
“This project at Golland Fields compliments the development of the sporting precinct that includes Longfield Park and the neighbouring tennis facilities. It will enhance the opportunities that are available for Shire sportspeople to enjoy their chosen sport and provides for our various sporting organisations to expand and grow their operations into the future,” he concluded.
The concrete bed has been laid for the 2nd pitch
Work gets underway on new synthetic cricket pitch at Golland Fields
|Terry Cohen (Quirindi Veterans Cricket), Mick Sevil (Quirindi District Cricket Association)
and Neil Wilcox (Quirindi Football Club)