Artie Smith Oval’s $8 million development is stirring excitement. | South Coast Register

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Excitement is brewing in Bomaderry with the $8 million redevelopment of the Artie Smith Oval. This renovation of the oval is part of the Shoalhaven Community Recreation Project and will include the creation of new AFL and cricket grounds, as well as croquet courts, practice facilities and landscaped gardens for the public to enjoy. Preserving the environment has played a part in the project, with the buildings and amenities designed in a way that complements the environment. The 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 a total of 30,000 other plantings. The upgrade to the oval was made possible thanks to the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery fund, co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments. South Coast local member Shelly Hancock said of the fund: “We support projects that bring communities together, support tourism, provide new or improved social services and increase preparedness for future wildfires.” The new and improved facilities will be a boon to local sports clubs, enabling them to host major sporting events and attract spectators from the local community and the wider Shoalhaven region. “Almost two years have passed since we cleared 3,600 properties across NSW that were destroyed or damaged by the Black Summer bushfires and we continue to provide the support our region needs to continue making progress in recovery,” said Ms. Hancock. For questions about the development, please contact the municipality of Shoalhaven on 1300 293 111.

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