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Moree’s Ron Harborne Oval precinct to get $1.5 million upgrade

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has delivered news of a huge $1.5 million kickalong to upgrade the Ron Harborne Sporting Precinct in Moree.

Mr Marshall yesterday announced the precinct will get more than $1 million to create a brand new sporting oval that will significantly expand existing facilities, and coupled with another major monetary boost of $393,750 for a night lighting system, will power charge the precinct for local and regional sports codes.

Mr Marshall was in Moree today to detail the funding boosts.

He said that under the State Government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, the Moree Shire Plains Council would help deliver a two-pronged construction phase that would kick sport in Moree into a winning combination.

“The infrastructure we are going to see here at Ron Harborne will be first class stuff and give local sportspeople real quality facilities,” Mr Marshall said.

“The Ron Harborne sporting precinct currently has four ovals but that will extend to five now with this RSIF money. It will pay for a new, fifth oval complete with additional turf wicket, viewing mound, boundary fence and a full sized AFL field.“The precinct will become a premier sporting venue for regional events because of that size and capacity for larger crowds.“It is home to four sporting groups and the expansion will allow for AFL games to be hosted and an increase in junior cricket competitions. And Cricket NSW has confirmed the new field will allow Moree to host local and regional cricket events.

“AFL North West NSW has also backed the project and what we will see is a really first class sporting precinct that will not only attract more people, particularly junior players, but also put Moree into the box seat for big sporting events.

“It will give Moree a second turf wicket in town and that’s great stuff from anyone’s point of view.”

Mr Marshall said a secondary grant funding windfall of $393,750 under the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, would also mean a ridgey-didge lighting upgrade that will enable night sporting competitions on the town’s premier multi-code multi-oval complex.

Mr Marshall says it will boost the game plans of cricket to enable inter-town and local 20/20 cricket to be played at night there but will also have a flow-on to AFL, netball, hockey and junior soccer who share it as a sporting home.

“Right now, Ron Harborne Oval is a fantastic central facility with a turf wicket and six synthetic fields as well as the netball courts, hockey field and junior soccer which all have Saturday morning competition there but these two projects will really kick goals for it,” Mr Marshall said.

Mr Marshall said the new oval project was one of 16 new projects across NSW to receive funds and would have countless benefits for local players, athletes, teams, their fans and the wider sporting community.

“We know that improving regional sporting facilities leads to increased participation by people in sport but we also know it leads to more social cohesion and loyalty and pride and identity from locals about their town, their teams and their place in the world,” he said.

Media Release: October 11, 2018

Registrations are now being taken for the 2018-2019 Moree Junior Cricket season.
To register your child, please go to: https://playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=4273
Have your Active Kids NSW voucher handy when you register as the club cannot alter registrations once they have been submitted online.
Parents also please note that this season there are changes to division names.
Milo Cricket is now called Woolworths Cricket Blast.
JUNIOR BLAST: Junior Blasters is for kids aged 5-7 years that are new to cricket.
This is the first option on the registration page.
MASTER BLASTERS (formerly div 3): Master Blasters is for kids aged 7-10 years.
This is the second option on the registration page. 
DIVISION 1 and DIVISION 2 players need to be registered under JUNIOR CRICKET.
This is the last option available on the registration page.
If you have any queries, please email: [email protected]om.
The 2018-2019 junior cricket season commences on Saturday, October 20 – the first weekend after the September school holidays.
All relevant information can be found at the club’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/moreejuniorcricket/
Register your kids now!