Described as one of the best in the State, Molong’s new $1.2 million multi-purpose sports complex was officially opened today (Wednesday 21 March 2018) by the Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee.
Mr Gee, who represented the Federal Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh, said the complex was the result of a partnership between the community, Cabonne Council and the Federal Government.
Driven by the Molong community, the project was funded jointly by the council and the Government.
The council spent $1 million to build the first stage while the government provided $225,000 for Stage Two – fulfilling a pre-election promise by Mr Gee prior to the 2016 federal poll.
The complex has a synthetic surface field for hockey, netball and tennis, as well as providing an all-weather training and playing surface for several other sports.
Cabonne Mayor Kevin Beatty said today’s opening was a special chapter in Molong’s history.
“I doubt there are many towns the size of Molong that can boast such a facility,” he said.
Cr Beatty paid tribute to two community members, Kaylene Philpott and Marj Bollinger, for their zeal and passion in winning the support of the Council to construct the facility.
He also thanked former Mayor Ian Gosper and the council’s former General Manager Andrew Hopkins, who were very instrumental in the council financing the first stage of the complex from its own funds after a State Government grant application was unsuccessful.
Cr Beatty said it was fitting that Mr Gee was representing the Minister to perform the official opening.
“Andrew braved a cold day in June 2016 to come to what was then a bumpy grass field to promise the government funding should he and the Coalition be elected at the upcoming poll - and he was true to his word.
“This enabled Council to complete the second stage, which includes first class flood lighting.”