Shoalhaven City Council has begun redevelopment of the Artie Smith Oval Bomaderry Project which will include new AFL and cricket pitches, croquet courts, cricket practice facilities (nets), a pavilion/clubhouse and landscaped open space for the community and visitors to enjoy.
Shoalhaven City Council, Director of City Lifestyles, Jane Lewis, advises Council to be one step closer to building a world-class sports district for the whole of Shoalhaven, noting: “This will create an excellent regional sports facility for our local sports clubs also operating in is capable of hosting important sporting events for our community and visitors to the Shoalhaven to enjoy.
“The redevelopment design will preserve and enhance current and significant stands of native trees. We will plant 77 new trees, 45 of which will be of the same species as the significant trees on the property (scribbly gum and Red Bloodwood) and a further 30,465 will be planted ( from trees to grasses) come onto the site.”
“The design of the buildings and facilities is intended to be comfortable in the semi-bushland environment of Bomaderry, keeping the current line of eucalyptus trees important to the pitch and amenities.”
“Maintaining the semi-bushland environment was integral to the design considerations with a sympathetic tapered Pavilion Clubhouse build to allow the line of eucalyptus trees behind it to remain significant in the sense of fencing the field and as a provision for the overall streetscape.”
Lewis adds, “This next phase of the $20 million project includes an $8 million investment to upgrade Artie Smith Oval from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, co-funded by the federal and NSW State Governments, with a further $12 million investment by Shoalhaven City Council.”
Local South Coast State Member Shelley Hancock said the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund is part of the umbrella $4.5 billion bushfire support program co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments for bushfire recovery, response and preparedness. NSW.
Hancock advised: “Almost two years have passed since we cleared 3,600 properties in NSW damaged or destroyed by the Black Summer bushfires and we continue to provide the support our region needs to continue making progress in recovery.
“People are rebuilding their lives and through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund, we support projects that bring communities together, support tourism, provide improved or new social services and increase preparedness for future wildfires. All of these things play a role in recovery.”
The Council will work with the community to provide a community facility for the new Artie Smith Oval, including:
- New AFL/Cricket with 5 turf wickets, floodlights, irrigation drainage, picket screens, electronic scoreboard, viewing screens and spectator seating/mound
- AFL/Cricket Pavilion Clubhouse and Amenities
- Cricket Practice Facility (four synthetic pitches, four synthetic turf pitches, storage shed)
- Four croquet courts
- Croquet clubhouse and amenities
- Parking on site
- Open space decorations (pathways, playgrounds, fitness equipment, landscaping, furniture, etc.)
- fence fence
The construction will use low maintenance, durable and robust materials such as brick, steel, concrete and some hardwood. The completed project will provide accessible open space and sports facilities for all ages and abilities, designed for the comfort of users and spectators.
For information about this project, visit the Shoalhaven Community and Recreation Precinct (SCaRP) Get Involved webpage.
September 9, 2021 – Shoalhaven City Council raises $8 million to upgrade Artie Smith Oval
October 8, 2021 – Shoalhaven Council delivers more pedestrian-oriented areas and upgrades playgrounds
September 23, 2021 – Shoalhaven City Council shares project update sports facilities
July 21, 2021 – Showgrounds Shoalhaven between facilities to take advantage of bushfire recovery funding
February 24, 2021 – Shoalhaven City Council calls for Sports Council nominations
December 23, 2020 – Shoalhaven Indoor Sports Center achieves excellence award
December 22, 2020 – Shoalhaven maintains high quality of its sports grounds with additional grass improvements
December 15, 2020 – Shoalhaven focuses on fencing sports and recreational facilities
September 29, 2020 – Shoalhaven City Council recognized for its environmental excellence
March 21, 2020 – Resurfacing works completed for Shoalhaven Tennis Courts
October 24, 2019 – Shoalhaven sports grounds and golf courses benefit from the recycled water initiative
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