MURRAY River Council has received almost $400,000 to upgrade the Moama Recreation Reserve.
MRC was given $384,294 under the NSW Government’s stronger country communities fund for the Moama Recreation Reserve zone four project.
It includes placement of a hot mix seal on the criterion track, landscaping of the velodrome area along with new lighting on the adjoining Brick Alley oval.
Mayor Chris Bilkey said the project was a great example of council, the community and the State Government working together to meet growing community infrastructure needs.
‘‘This recent announcement of funding will ensure the Moama Recreation Reserve remains an integral part of sport and community development in our local area for years to come,’’ he said.
‘‘The installation of the criterion track will assist the club in improving safety for its members by encouraging use of the criterion track itself and not a public road.
‘‘It will also give them the ability to hold regional events, with the lighting to Brick Alley also encouraging increased usage through better lighting at night for the soccer club and touch football in the summer months.
‘‘These type of improvements can go a long way for users and this project is just another way we can make it easier for all community members to stay involved in local recreational opportunities.’’
The Zone 4 works will coincide with the $3.9 million zone one project improvements funded under Murray River Council’s stronger communities major project funding.
The zone one area covers the existing sporting fields and associated infrastructure in the southeast corner of the reserve, including the main oval and the Brick Alley sports field.
The project itself will include a new multi-purpose pavilion that includes clubrooms, change facilities, kiosk, viewing areas and general upgrades to the public amenities and surrounds.
‘‘With all these infrastructure and facility improvements to the space we are certainly positioning ourselves to be a first-class regional sporting precinct,’’ Cr Bilkey said.