Official start of sports ground redevelopment

With the turn of a sod, work is starting on a project to create one of regional Australia’s leading sports arenas.

The symbolic start to the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment is the first step in the $9M plan to build new multi-purpose playing fields, new amenities, a major grandstand extension and other improvements.

The sports field construction works are part of a plan to not only improve sporting facilities for the local community but also to expand AlburyCity’s role as a leading regional venue for local, state and national sporting events.

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said the start of work was a pivotal moment.

‘When this first stage is completed we’ll be in premier position to host important regional and state sporting events, including high-level junior carnivals,’ he said.

‘By encouraging more families to visit, our shops, restaurants and accommodation services will benefit, which is great news for the entire community.’

The work is being carried out by the Melbourne-based Depan Group, which has been tasked with the demolition of an old house in Centaur Road, significant earthworks and levelling of the site, construction of the sports field base with a couch grass surface, and associated infrastructure, including lighting towers.

Local MP Sussan Ley welcomed the start of the works, adding the Commonwealth’s contribution of $4.025M was much more than a cash grant.

“This funding recognises and helps maintain Albury-Wodonga’s reputation as regional Australia’s sporting capital - Lavington has played a key part in this, but the complex also needs further investment and development to grow the story,” she said.

“Federal Coalition support through Stronger Regions will be a boost for local construction jobs, is great for sports tourism and also updates key facilities to help our region stay fitter and healthier.”

Planning for the next stages continues and it’s expected the tender for the new amenities building will be advertised and awarded in the coming months, followed by the tender for the grandstand upgrades and extension early in 2018.