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New development at Barooga Recreation Reserve

The Barooga and district community is embarking on a $1 million renovation and introduction of a new building at Barooga Recreation Reserve.

November 1, 2012 4:10am

Members of the Barooga Recreation Reserve Fund Raising Committee Sandra Coburn, Mick ODwyer, Paul Watt, Max Steward, Glen Brooks and Steve Cusack examine plans for the new multi-purpose building to be established at the Reserve.

$1Plans are well underway to renovate the existing main building and build a new multipurpose facility on the west side of the main oval.

Renovations to the existing building include improvements to the mens, ladies and disabled toilets, a reconstruction of a barbecue preparation and service area and works to the outside of the building.

The new facility will include a digital scoreboard, timekeeper’s area, coaching boxes, ladies, mens and disabled toilets and a social area.

Following a productive, well-attended public meeting, a steering committee has been formed to start the final planning stage and fundraising activities.

Barooga Recreation Reserve fundraising committee chairman Ray Nye said he was excited at the prospect of these new developments.

‘‘We have been waiting five to six years to get to this stage where we can see the project come to fruition, now we just need the support of the local community,’’ Mr Nye said.

Berrigan Shire Council has granted money for the project, but there is a shortfall of about $260000 to be raised within the community.

Residents will receive a letter outlining the different ways they can support the project, either by being a donor or by buying a brick to be displayed on an outside retaining wall with the buyer’s name inscribed. Donors will have their names recorded on a board inside the new building.

These new improvements, when completed, will see the recreation reserve facilities among the best in country NSW and Victoria.

‘‘We are very proud of our grounds and what we have to offer our local user clubs and visiting groups, but it is fair to say of late we have fallen behind some of the other regional centres,’’ Mr Nye said.

‘‘These improvements will put us right back at the forefront and give the locals excellent conditions to conduct their chosen sports.

‘‘They will also enable us to attract first class sporting and cultural activities to Barooga.’’

Committee members are keen to hear from anyone or companies prepared to donate to this major project.

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