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Kempsey Shire Council opens six-lane cricket net facility

Kempsey Shire Council opens six-lane cricket net facility
November 23, 2020

Kempsey Shire Council have opened their recently installed six-lane cricket net facility for summer as part of the Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex Masterplan.

The new nets were officially opened yesterday, 19th November, by Kempsey Shire Mayor Liz Campbell, along with Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn and Cricket NSW representatives.

The only facility of its size, style and quality north of Newcastle, the nets are designed with both batters and bowlers in mind. They have been line marked to conform with junior cricket formats that cater for different pitch lengths and to accommodate a variety of participants.

The project, worth $181,745, was jointly funded by Council, the T20 World Cup Legacy Fund, the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, the Macleay Valley Cricket Association, and the Mid North Coast Junior Cricket Council.

Council’s Coordinator Parks and Projects, Steve Pellen, said the new nets have been installed in a new location to make way for a new pavilion area and replace the old, dated infrastructure which had reached the end of its lifespan.

Pellen adds “Council worked with the local cricket association to identify the need for more nets and to source additional funding to provide six nets where previously there were only four.

“We have a strong cricket participation in the Macleay so having facilities of this standard ensures ongoing development of junior and senior cricket programs in the valley.”

Cricket NSW spokesperson, Martin Garoni, said the nets represented an investment in grassroots regional cricket supported through a Cricket Infrastructure Funding grant and advised “Cricket NSW are committed to cricket across the state and to supporting local councils and clubs to deliver projects that improve facilities and increase player participation.”

Kempsey Shire Mayor, Liz Campbell, welcomed the next chapter in the shire’s long history of sporting excellence adding “We love our sport in the Macleay and it is wonderful to see these world class facilities open to the public here in the centre of town.”

The project forms part of key improvements to the fields under Council’s Verge and Eden Street Sporting Complex Masterplan.

Image top: Local players testing out the new cricket net facility and image above: Local players and representatives from the Macleay Valley Cricket Association and Cricket NSW with Mayor Liz Campbell, Council’s General Manager Craig Milburn and Council’s Coordinator Parks Projects, Steve Pellen

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