Bega Valley sporting facilities will get a boost from a huge injection of funding through the State Government.
Member for Bega Andrew Constance announced $13.5 million in funding for upgrades in Bega, Pambula and at the Merimbula basketball courts.
The Bega Valley Shire Council's master plans will go ahead in full at both Bega and Pambula with $8.5 million announced for the Bega plans and a further $4 million to implement the upgrades at the Pambula Sporting Complex.
"I'm pleased to confirm $8.5 million to upgrade the Bega Sportsground," Mr Constance said to rapturous applause from the crowd during Saturday's NRL trial.
Sport is a major part of our region and we are fortunate to have so many choices, I am pleased we will now have the facilities to ensure the numbers continue to increase- MP Andrew Constance
"That will cover everything everybody, so it's great news from the NSW Government."
"I'm also going to confirm $4 million for the Pambula sportsground and an additional $1 million for the Merimbula basketball courts."
Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain said it was a "fabulous announcement".
"It's one we've worked on for a long time with the State Government and we're very excited it has come to fruition," Cr Kristy McBain said.
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Mr Constance said he was excited to see support for regional sport in the area.
"Sport is a major part of our region and we are fortunate to have so many choices, I am pleased we will now have the facilities to ensure the numbers continue to increase, particularly across our junior participants and those in our local women's sporting codes."
The funding means there will be significant upgrades to the infrastructure at the Bega grounds, which will benefit local rugby league, soccer and cricket clubs as well as the Far South Coast Hockey association who use the indoor complex during summer.
Meanwhile, Pambula will see an overhaul of existing facilities, but also the creation of two new soccer fields, a dedicated equestrian arena, new lighting and seating and a complete replacement of the existing Frank Maher Pavilion.
The Merimbula basektball courts are also set to receive upgrades to the playing surface and additional roofing cover.
"These upgrades will be vital in ensuring our local sports are not stagnated due to limited facilities and access," Mr Constance said. "We want to grow participation, not halt it."
Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner was also on hand for the announcement and said the upgrades would provide improved facilities and added incentive to visiting teams.
Mr Furner said given the success of Saturday's trial and the approved upgrades he hoped to see the Raiders return for an NRL trial biennially.
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