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Berrigan Shire community assets receive $270,000 boost

More than $270,000 has been granted to Berrigan Shire organisations to upgrade community spaces.

December 12, 2013 4:15am

A large chunk of the Crown Reserve funding – $200,000 – has been allocated to the redevelopment of the Finley Recreation Reserve, and more specifically the building of the $1.6m Finley Apex Sport and Community Centre.

Almost $50,000 is for the Berrigan Sportsground Committee to replace the dilapidated Dalgliesh Pavilion, affectionately referred to as the Red Shed.

The remainder of the local allocation is for the Finley Golf Club Trust for a kitchen upgrade.

Finley Apex Sport and Community Centre committee member Ashley Haynes said the latest funding for the complex, allocated to the Berrigan Council Crown Reserves Reserve Trust, would help propel the development, which is already under way.

‘‘Progress is happening. The soil has gone down for the foundations, which are to be poured in the new year,’’ he said.

The $1.6 million Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre is being built at the Finley Recreation Reserve.

The committee needed to raise $230,000 in community funds for the building to go to tender.

Berrigan’s historic Dalgliesh Pavilion is expected to be demolished over summer.

The Berrigan Sportsground Committee will add $20,000 of its own money, raised through fundraisers, to the $48,968 grant received.

The committee said the 100 year-old pavilion has become a public danger, and the stage is falling in to a state of disrepair.

Committee secretary Bruce Rendell said as a result, the old shed must be demolished.

He said a new multipurpose shed would be built in its place.

Mr Rendell said the committee received funding confirmation through Member for Murray-Darling John Williams earlier this month, which he said was a pleasant surprise.

He said meetings are being organised to discuss plans and processes for the development and demolition.

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