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Union backs oval upgrade to tune of $40,000

Friday, 9th April, 2010

* Out with the old ... Greg Braes and David Sedunary survey plans for the new Jubilee Oval scoreboard. * Out with the old ... Greg Braes and David Sedunary survey plans for the new Jubilee Oval scoreboard.

The CFMEU is kicking in $40,000 towards the continued upgrade of Jubilee Oval.

Local CFMEU (Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union) Vice President Greg Braes announced the contribution yesterday. It will be given to the Broken Hill Football League (BHFL) in its role as trustee of the oval. The League started redeveloping the oval and surrounding sporting complex three years ago, and has already spent more than $500,000 on the project.

The next stage will see the lights around the playing surface upgraded and a digital scoreboard installed. Mr Braes started working with the CFMEU full time in June 2008 and he said that, since then, he had encouraged head office to become more involved in the local community.

"We have been looking at doing something over the past year and we feel by supporting the Jubilee Oval development a number of groups will benefit, including cricket, softball, baseball and local football - both at a senior and junior level," he said. The $40,000 is drawn from the CFMEU mine workers trust fund.

"We as a union want to make life better for our community," he said. BHFL Chairman David Sedunary said the donation was a "fabulous gesture" on the union's behalf. He said the current lights were installed in the 1980s and needed additions, with plans to increase the amount of lights on each light tower.

A new digital scoreboard has been ordered and may be operational some time in June."The deposit has been paid and the final design drawings signed off. Because this is such a huge outlay for us, a $100,000 commitment, we need to get it right," said Mr Sedunary. "The sponsorship from the CFMEU, coupled with the initial financial backing of the BH Community Credit Union and technical and in-kind support from Country Energy, is making this project possible.

New lights and a new scoreboard would likely see the oval used more often by more sporting bodies, said Mr Sedunary. The annual Rugby League 'City versus River Towns' match is being played on Saturday, May 22 under lights at the oval. Mr Sedunary said that was an example of cross sporting code co-operation making the best use of an improving sporting facility.

"The league acts as managers of the Jube and if we can help Rugby League to stage a showcase game under lights and on a great playing surface we will," he said. The local football season starts this weekend with the CUtips Lightning Cup, and Mr Sedunary said further announcements on work at the oval would be coming up.

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