Ball rolling on construction of multi–purpose stadium

Published: 08 Feb 2018 12:08pm

Released 9 February 2018

A sod-turning ceremony has marked the start of work on the next premier sporting facility in Wagga Wagga, the city’s new $9M multi-purpose stadium (MPS).

Located at the Wagga Wagga Exhibition Centre, the multi-purpose stadium will provide a high-quality sporting, community and entertainment/event space in the heart of the city.

“For a city that is widely known as the ‘City of Good Sports’, this is a very exciting time for the residents of Wagga Wagga,” Mayor of City of Wagga Wagga Councillor Greg Conkey OAM said.

“The MPS will be an excellent space for local sporting clubs and groups. The venue also opens up opportunities for competitions or events that attract visitors from across the state and country.”

The Member for Riverina and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Michael McCormack said the Federal Government’s multimillion-dollar contribution to the multi-purpose stadium would create scores of local construction jobs.

“And when it is completed, the stadium will be a great sporting and community asset long into the future,” Mr McCormack said.

The construction of the multi-million dollar sports complex will be completed by Albury-based company Zauner Constructions.

Director of Zauner Construction Garry Zauner said residents can expect to see the stadium’s structure take form within the next two to three months.

“From this week you will be able to see site preparation and substructure work being undertaken, and within a few months the steel frame structure and walls will be visible,” Mr Zauner said.

“We hope to have project completed in late November.”

The MPS will feature three indoor courts, change rooms, seating for more than 600 spectators and a function space with catering facilities.

It has been a whole team effort to bring the MPS to fruition, including funding support of $4.4M through the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund and $250,000 from Netball Wagga.

President of Wagga Wagga Netball Association Rosemary Clarke said the new facility will be a great benefit to netballers, as well as the wider community.

“The stadium will meet all international standards that will enable Wagga to host NetballNSW State level competitions such as State League Regional Finals, Academy Games and Stage 1 State Team Trials. This state of the art complex will complement existing sporting facilities in the region,” Ms Clarke said.

“As netball continues to grow in popularity in the Wagga, young athletes and budding netball stars will have access to a new facility, where they can learn and develop their skills.”

“We thank the community for their patience in the lead-up and now the delivery of this project,” Cr Conkey said.