Kempsey’s sport and recreation facilities leaping ahead

Published on 05 December 2022

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Several community projects centred around sport and recreational activities have reached milestones in recent times.

Willawarrin Showground gets a new canteen

Workers have been onsite at the Willawarrin Showground area preparing for the arrival of the new canteen and administration building, which pulled up on Wednesday 30 November.

The new building will serve community organisations using the showground and sports fields, providing a much-needed facility to run the canteen and carry out admin duties.

The building is not operational just yet as the utility connections still need to be installed, as well as the external and internal fit-out.

These upgrades are part of a series of improvements in store for the Willawarrin Showground precinct, thanks to funding from Council as well as the NSW Government and Australian Government.

It’s almost time to open the Mid North Coast High Performance Centre

Sports in South West Rocks are about to reach new heights with the Mid North Coast High Performance Centre approaching the end of its construction.

The premier multi-level sports facility will be a game-changer for the Kempsey Shire, providing not only a grandstand view of matches being played but a function room, gym and the opportunity to host larger events.

The structural aspects of construction and internal fit-out have been completed with outdoor works like landscaping and paths almost ticked off.

This $5 million project is funded through a variety of NSW Government grants along with contributions from South West Rocks Country Club, the South West Rocks Sport and Recreation Committee and Council.

New and accessible toilet block for Nestle Park

The keys to a new toilet block for Nestle Park in Smithtown are about to be handed over which will mark the completion of the $208,000 project.

The modern and accessible toilet block creates a welcoming space for residents to enjoy a family outing at Nestle Park and the nearby playground.

Council received a $202,150 grant from the state government which enabled the replacement to go ahead, with Council contributing the remaining funding.

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