The $8 million development of Artie Smith Oval brings excitement. | South Coast Register

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Excitement is brewing in Bomaderry with the $8 million redevelopment of the Artie Smith Oval. Part of the Shoalhaven Community Recreation Project, this refurbishment of the oval will see the construction of new AFL and cricket pitches as well as croquet courts, practice facilities and landscaped grounds for the public to enjoy. The preservation of the environment has played a role in the project with the buildings and facilities being designed in a way that will complement the surrounding area. Local flora will be preserved with the preservation of native trees such as the Scribbly Gum and Red Bloodwood along with an additional planting of 77 new trees and 30,000 other plantings overall. The upgrade to the oval has been made possible as a result of the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery fund, co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments. Local member for the South Coast Shelly Hancock said in regards to the fund, “We are backing projects that will bring communities together, support tourism, provide new or improved social amenity, and increase preparedness to future bushfires.” The new and improved facilities will be a boon for local sporting clubs allowing them to host significant sporting events, bringing in spectators from the local community and the wider Shoalhaven region. “Almost two years have passed since we cleared 3600 properties across NSW that were destroyed or damaged by the Black Summer bushfires and we are continuing to deliver the support our region needs to keep moving forward in recovery,” said Ms Hancock. If you have any questions in regards to the development you can contact Shoalhaven City Council on 1300 293 111.



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