6 January 2023

$1m in upgrades for Bolton Park and Bill Jacob Athletics Centre

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole announced $587,967 would go towards lighting upgrades at Bill Jacob Athletics Centre, while $429,208 would contribute to an upgrade of the stadium at Bolton Park. Photo: Supplied.

Two major Wagga Wagga sporting facilities will undergo significant upgrades thanks to a $1m funding boost from the NSW Government.

The funding is part of round five of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole announced $587,967 would go towards lighting upgrades at Bill Jacob Athletics Centre, while $429,208 will support an upgrade to the stadium at Bolton Park.

“This funding will allow athletes at the Bill Jacob Athletics Centre to train and play after dark, as well as boost spectator capacity at Bolton Park,” Mr Toole said.

“Wagga is already renowned as the ‘City of Good Sports’ and the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is driving investment in these types of upgrades so that locals can enjoy them for generations to come.

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“We are investing record amounts to deliver the infrastructure needed to stimulate economies, but we’re also backing grassroots projects that make a positive difference to local sports clubs, local communities and surrounding areas.”

Wagga Wagga City Council Mayor Dallas Tout welcomed the grants and said that they would be greatly beneficial to local sportspeople in Wagga and the surrounding region.

“Grants such as the Stronger Country Communities Fund support athletes in regional centres, allowing them to stay and train locally, while they prepare to compete nationally,” Mr Tout said.

“The additional seating for our multipurpose stadium will assist council to host larger indoor stadium events, resulting in huge economic and social benefit to the region.”

Wagga Wagga Little Athletics Club Treasurer Bob Hay said athletes could train through winter months with the additional lights and the lights would also provide flexibility in scheduling events.

“In addition to the upcoming works to upgrade the track to a synthetic surface, this grant will enable local athletes to stay and train in Wagga Wagga in an excellent facility,” Mr Hay said.

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The $160 million round five of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will support local community and sporting infrastructure projects, street beautification, public programs and events that display the best of local character and community spirit.

It builds on the first four rounds of the fund, which continue to make a difference to people across regional NSW, with work commencing, underway or completed on more than 2530 projects in every local government area.

The Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $3.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services and community infrastructure in the regions. Click here for more information.

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