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Dalton Park to get upgrade

 

Thomas Dalton Park, Fairy Meadow. Photo: wollongongtouch.asn.au

Thomas Dalton Park, Fairy Meadow. Photo: wollongongtouch.asn.au

FAIRY Meadow’s Thomas Dalton Park will have its amenities building upgraded in 2015, after Wollongong City Council accepted a tender for works at its meeting on Monday December 15.

The tender, from Camarda and Cantrill Pty Ltd, covers a range of works including an extension to the canteen, a new covered outdoor area, the addition of a meeting room, provision of an and umpire change room and office. There will also be improvements to the disabled facilities, and the addition of disabled parking.

“This park is popular with a range of sporting groups, including local touch football, baseball and cricket teams, as well as attracting state and national events,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.

“The works will make sure they have the appropriate supporting infrastructure for training and competition into the future and continue to foster the wealth of sporting talent we have in our region.

“And I’m sure the families, friends and grandparents who cheer on tomorrow’s emerging sporting talent will appreciate the upgrade to the canteen’s facilities when they are visiting this regional sports ground.

The Councillors also voted to reallocate $200,000 set aside for lighting at Ian McLennan Oval, Kembla Grange, to be used to provide additional lighting for a variety of sports at Thomas Dalton Park.

”I raised the reallocation of this funding as a Lord Mayoral Minute as this money will also enable a short to medium term training solution for Football South Coast’s elite junior and senior teams at Thomas Dalton Park,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“This will benefit not only the South Coast Wolves in their training and development programs, who will now share the area with touch and cricket, but also all the non- elite sportspeople who use the fields.’’

The amenities building upgrade project is budgeted at $337,558,00 excluding GST, and work is expected to start in February 2015. Tenders for the lighting project will be called in early 2015.

 

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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