Sporting projects officially opened at Wellington

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Monday afternoon was great for Wellington with the official opening of three projects for the town.

Along with our State Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders we opened a new playground at the Walker Crescent Park, followed by Rygate Park and then the new lighting at Pioneer Park.

These are all fantastic additions to the sporting and recreational facilities of the town.

Walker Crescent Park is a wonderful new park that is located in one of the more challenging parts of Wellington.

The park has been under-utilised until now but with the great new equipment it is hoped that will change.

Council installed the play equipment but this was a project that was funded by the Department of Family and Community Services and a number of people came together to make it a reality.

What I like most about this park is the local involvement. It was designed by a local group and constructed locally so the community has played an active role in it.

While Walker Crescent is a local facility, Rygate Park is a sports ground that will be used by a lot of residents.

I am very pleased that Council and the State Government have been able to do this project. The new multi-courts are fantastic and make it possible to play basketball, netball, tennis, hockey and a range of other sports.

The new amenities block also services the main oval which plays host to cricket, little athletics and much more.

Since the courts were finished, there have been people there on a regular basis. Afternoon basketball clinics are being run the reaction from children has been a big thumbs up.

The lighting around the courts also makes it possible for evening games and local clubs have been provided with a code and a smart phone app to be able to turn the lights on and off when the facility is in use.

The new lighting at Pioneer Park is equally exciting. It uses the latest technology to allow it to be switched on by smartphone. Like Rygate, clubs have been given a code that allows them to turn the lights on as required.

This saves energy and makes for a better training atmosphere for the soccer and cricket clubs that use it.

In the coming days a few branches will be trimmed at Pioneer that block the lights on one side of the field and then clubs will be able to train in brightness.

Again I would like to thank Dugald Saunders and the State Government for their involvement in these projects. It is also important to recognise the efforts of Council staff and the sporting clubs, who got involved and gave great support.

Ultimately it is the community and residents that benefit most from these projects and there are plenty more planned for Wellington.

On Monday night Council hosted an informal meet and greet at the Wellington Civic Centre where we provided updates on some of the exciting work taking place.

If you weren't able to be there, keep an eye out because Council will continue to promote the exciting projects and their progress.

Last Edited: 04 Jul 2019

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