Byron Shire Council and Bangalow Sports Association will achieve a major milestone in community sporting facilities this Saturday with the opening of the newly constructed Bangalow Sports Fields.

At a cost of over $600,000, the sports fields contain two separate multi-use grass playing surfaces catering for soccer, rugby union, netball and passive recreation activities.

Byron Shire Council’s open space and recreation manager Nigel Greenup has praised the project and said it was evidence of a strong and united community spirit within the Bangalow area.

“The Bangalow Sports Association and their member sporting clubs are to be congratulated for the effort they have put into bringing this important project to fruition,” Mr Greenup said.

“During the construction of the grounds, community groups have contributed in excess of an amazing $147,000 worth of labour and materials.

“Local businesses were also extremely supportive in providing numerous construction materials at cost, labour and plant hire free of charge.”

Construction on the site began in late November 2008 and required extensive ground works in order to build the playing surfaces, install specialised sports turf, improve drainage, construct a sealed car park and improve vehicle access from Bangalow Road.

The project was funded from Council’s Section 94 contributions and loans funds and a $200,000 Capital Assistance Grant from NSW Sport and Recreation.

BSA president Grant O’Neill also praised sporting clubs and community groups such as the Bangalow Landcare, Bangalow Lions and the many individuals for the countless hours they contributed in assisting with the installation of sprinklers, laying turf, top-dressing and planting trees along the adjoining banks of ByronCreek.

“The community spirit and support for this project has been outstanding,” Mr O’Neill said.

“Byron Shire Councillors have supported the project from the beginning and staff also provided a great deal of assistance, advice and expertise in the construction of the facility.

“The facilities are superbly located in the heart of Bangalow and complement the existing facilities and help meets the needs of Bangalow’s growing young population.

“The grounds also have a one kilometre walking track around the perimeter and we anticipate it will be used daily for training and fitness and for recreational walking by the nearby aged care facility and the general community.”

The community is invited to attend the Bangalow Sports Fields opening at 12 midday, Saturday 16 May.

  • When: Saturday 16 May 2009
  • Time: Midday
  • Where: Bangalow Sports Fields, Bangalow Road, Bangalow.