Pain worth gain in LSG works

Work is scheduled to start early next year on the upgrade of the grandstand at the Lavington Sports Ground, as part of the project to redevelop the ground into one of regional Australia’s best sporting facilities.

The grandstand works will require vehicular access around the ground, meaning football matches cannot be played at the LSG in 2019.

However, training can still take place with about three-quarters of the ground remaining open.

The president of the Lavington Panthers Football/Netball Club, Peter Barwick, said the disruption would prove worthwhile when the project is completed.

“Obviously, it’s inconvenient to lose games at our home ground for the season but we understand the sacrifice is worth making, given the redevelopment will give our players and supporters the best home ground anywhere between Canberra and Melbourne," he said.

"We’ll be working closely with AlburyCity and the Ovens and Murray League to develop strong alternative arrangements for 2019 and we look forward to returning to our fantastic new home in 2020."

AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack thanked the club for its understanding, saying the collaborative approach will help to deliver a premier sports ground that will benefit the entire community.

"The redevelopment is scheduled for completion at the end of next year, which is something for all sports fans to look forward to," he said.

"And if we’re successful in winning $3.15 million in additional funding from the NSW Government, we’ll be able to cap off the redevelopment with stage 3 works to make our new stadium even bigger and better."

Goal posts have been erected on the new playing field and the next major step will be the sowing of turf on the oval to make the most of the growing season in the warmer months.