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Jubilee bid lodged

Saturday, 8th September, 2018

If the plans for the new Jubilee Oval are funded, the improvements would be enjoyed by all and even attract national AFL, NRL and cricket games to the city. PICTURE: Supplied If the plans for the new Jubilee Oval are funded, the improvements would be enjoyed by all and even attract national AFL, NRL and cricket games to the city. PICTURE: Supplied

By Emily Ferguson

Foundation Broken Hill in conjunction with the local AFL Group have lodged their final application for government funding to upgrade the Jubilee Oval. 

They are seeking $2.7 million from the NSW Government Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund. The balance of $300,000 will be met by other groups such as AFL NSW, AFL Broken Hill, BH City Council and the Broken Hill Community Credit Union. 

The bid for funding began in 2006 when they first started drawing up plans and submissions. In 2007, the State Government provided $200,000 which was then matched by Council to upgrade the Jubilee Oval Grandstand. In 2010, the local CFMEU branch donated $40,000 for the digital scoreboard which was installed by Essential Energy. 

Twelve months ago work on the submission began through a working party driven by Foundation Broken Hill, Kimberly Fell and Paul Edwards in particular. Karl Fritsch from Kenxdesign was also involved and Anne Andrews at City Council provided valuable input and assistance.  

The aim is to have an oval that will encourage more people to play sport and to cater for the growing number of women in the AFL, as well as providing a venue that can seat and cater for spectators’ comfort. 

The other aspect is to entice major country and national events to the city.

These could include national AFL pre-season games and sporting carnivals whether it be NRL, cricket or AFL. 

Major aspects of the project include a new changeroom complex and umpires’ room, installing a roof over and adding seating in the bleachers, sealing both car parks behind the goals, landscaping, a new fence around the playing surface, adding a second storey to the Ground Manager’s Office and the installation of new light towers which would almost triple the current lux capacity. 

An expression of interest was submitted in May and was accepted which allowed the group to progress to the final stage of providing a detailed submission.

The final application was submitted on August 31. 

AFL Broken Hill Chairman, Andrew Schmidt, said that as well as the submission, they had hosted visits to the oval by several politicians including the Deputy Premier John Barilaro and local State MP Kevin Humphries, along with department heads. 

“We have received written support from all sectors of the Broken Hill community, we now wait to see whether or not we will be successful,” Mr Schmidt said.

“The final call will be made in November.” 

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