Kennard Park a place to be proud of for Cowboys

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There are so many exciting projects happening in Wellington but one that is sure to have rugby league fans cheering is the upgrades at Kennard Park.

The Cowboys are such a proud part of the Wellington community but there have always been aspects of their home ground that have been below average.

Now the Cowboys have a facility they can be really proud of and that can meet their needs as they hunt for a Group 11 premiership.

A joint project between the Federal Government and Dubbo Regional Council, a total of $225,000 was spent replacing the external fence, the old grandstand seating and installing a new internal fence.

Member for Calare Andrew Gee and I officially opened the upgraded facility and inspected the new elements last Friday and were very impressed.

The old perimeter fence at Kennard Park was not up to standard and had a number of holes cut in it by people looking to avoid buying a ticket and entering legally.

The new fence is much sturdier and will make it easier for the Cowboys and anyone else who hosts a match there to charge a gate taking. This will help clubs with improved finances.

The new internal fence will limit spectator access to the field during matches, improving player and official safety and helping to define the on-field area.

One of the biggest improvements is the new seating in the grandstands. The old seating was breaking and was actually becoming unsafe so the new seats are a big improvement and a welcome change. It has also increased capacity by about 60 seats, allowing more people to sit there.

There has been other improvements made in recent times. The Wellington Cowboys have done a fantastic job by painting the dressing shed and canteen to enhance the look of the grounds.

And of course last year the New South Wales Rugby League’s Hogs for the Homeless came out and helped to lay a new playing surface, with the assistance of the community.

The result of all these works is a much better ground that is befitting a team that is establishing itself as a leading contender in Group 11.

I have to thank Mr Gee for his commitment and drive to secure the funding to make this happen. He understood the need for this project and knows the importance of sport to local communities. 

The local clubs also deserve plenty of praise for their role in making this a reality. They have backed the projects and been understanding when the works have caused disruption to their training schedule and other commitments.

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Don’t forget Monday, 1 July is the Wellington Informal Meet and Greet, a chance for members of the community to come and talk to Councillors and staff in a relaxed setting.

This time it will be at the Wellington Civic Centre between 5.30-7.30 and will have a particular focus on some of the great projects happening around the town.

I encourage everyone to drop in at some stage over the two hours it is running.

Last Edited: 04 Jul 2019

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