The Rudd Labor Government will provide more than $1.8 million to upgrade the sporting facilities at Fisher Park in Grafton.

Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese made the announcement with the Member for Page, Janelle Saffin and the Mayor of Clarence Valley Council, Cr Richie Williamson.

This project is worth more than $2.5 million in total. It is expected to support 204 jobs during construction, as well as another six jobs over the longer term.

Mr Albanese said the project will deliver major upgrades to the sports fields for hockey, tennis, cricket, AFL and other sports so that local residents and families can continue to enjoy this great facility.

The upgrade will also mean that more regional state and national fixtures and championships can be held at Fisher Park over the coming years.

The Clarence Valley Council project is expected to include:

  • Construction of a new sports pavilion providing for shared club rooms for AFL, cricket and tennis players as well access for participants with disabilities;
  • An upgraded hybrid hockey field to replace the existing sand-based field;
  • Installation of tennis hard courts over the existing clay courts;
  • Extension of Ellem Oval to provide a greater AFL playing area and lighting upgrades to comply with Australian standards for training;
  • Demolition and relocation of the existing tennis practice wall; and
  • Relocation of the existing playground and upgrades to parking and amenities.

The council plans to encourage contractors to hire local Indigenous employees and trainees during the construction of the project.