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Sport precinct in motion

Saturday, 6th February, 2021

NSW Upper house MP Sam Farraway and Broken Hill Mayor, Darriea Turley announced a huge funding budget of almost $2 million for the O’Neill Sporting Precinct earlier this week.  PICTURE: Emily Ferguson NSW Upper house MP Sam Farraway and Broken Hill Mayor, Darriea Turley announced a huge funding budget of almost $2 million for the O’Neill Sporting Precinct earlier this week. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

A $2 million sporting precinct will be developed thanks to funding from the Resources for Regions.

Broken Hill will soon benefit from upgrades to the Norm Fox Oval and O’Neill Park thanks to the NSW Government’s allocation of almost $2 million to the area. 

NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway was in Broken Hill on Wednesday to announce, alongside Mayor Darriea Turley, that the NSW Government funding will create the O’Neill Sporting Precinct; and provide upgrades to surfaces, watering systems and training facilities. 

The Nationals MP said it was fantastic to be in the city to announce the funding allocation for the upgrade and complete overhaul of what will become the O’Neill Sporting Park and Precinct. 

“This funding comes from the broader Resources for Regions round seven funding and that is coming from the $50 million allocated across the state for mining impacted communities,” Mr Farraway said.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to see the money well spent on the ground here that will turn what are multiple sporting codes and disciplines here into one sporting precinct.

“Obviously Broken Hill with its strong history and tradition as being one of the mining capitals it certainly is part of this program.”

Mr Farraway said City Council have the plans ready to go.

“They’ve got a vision for this sporting precinct, to turn it into a more enhanced green space to have bicycle paths, to upgrade some of the amenities to have twelve fully functioning netball courts with correct surfaces,” he said.

“I think there will only be opportunity from this, not only as a greenspace for those that decide to visit and reside in Broken Hill, but also possibly for future sporting carnivals when we can get them back on track.

“I think this site especially the proximity to the CBD will be a fantastic amenity once it’s finished, so in my view money well spent and congratulations to the community and council on what is going to be a great project.” 

Mayor Turley welcomed the announcement. 

“We’ve been looking at this precinct for some time and you could put a band aid on it but really what it needed was a complete fresh look,” she said. 

“Looking at it as a precinct as it was originally planned, looking at what connects together and looking at how we actually improve the facilities.

“For us we want to have a liveable city, this is what will make it a liveable city and will retain people to live in Broken Hill and open it up as a green space for people who live around here, open it up for sport for all those that live here and in the future you never know what developments will come. 

“Two million dollars will take us a long way and certainly give us the netball courts, the connecting roads and take us off grid so we’re not relying on energy and our water, we’ll be looking at our water it is actually going to be the major part of the project.

“So for us it’s like money in the bag, we’re ready to go we’ll be going out for tender as soon as we get the check and I think all these sporting precincts should have had the care and attention a long time ago but it’s happening now and we’re very pleased as a Council to have this as our vision.”

The upgrades to the precinct are scheduled to begin in around three months’ time and will take approximately a year to complete. 

The project seeks to upgrade the Norm Fox Oval with new turf, watering systems, synthetic pitch and training nets for cricket and facilities for soccer and rugby league. 

While the netball courts will be upgraded and refurbished to standard dimensions with court drainage and shelters, as well as new court lighting. 

 

Netball: 

- 6 x Netball courts - Upgraded/refurbished to standard dimensions, runoff, circulation including allowance for infrastructure drainage etc 

- 6 x New Netball courts to standard dimensions, runoff, circulation including allowance for infrastructure drainage etc - Asphalt court construction 

- Court Drainage infrastructure 

- Shelters (approx 15mx 3m) 

- Team Benches within shelters 

- New Court Lighting 

- Upgrade of existing lighting/ relocation of light poles 

- Fencing to Court perimeter incl Gates 

- Water bubbler/refill station 

 

Norm Fox Oval: 

- Levelling, returfing for Multipurpose field layout and 1 x synthetic wicket 

- Periphery area to fields 

- Oval lighting - to Community Cricket standard 

- Team Shelters (approx 10m x 4) 

- Team Benches within shelters 

- Cricket Practice nets x 2 - synthetic surfacing, netting etc 

- Spectator viewing mound - integrate low seating walling 

- Oval sport field Fencing - .9/1.2m mesh fence 

- Replacement fence 2.1m adjacent drainage channel north side - part only 

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