Narooma's Bill Smyth Oval Revelopment

The renewed push by users of Bill Smyth Oval, the Oval Redevelopment Committee and Eurobodalla Shire Council is close to setting out a new master plan that will outline the future of the whole sports precinct

No clubhouse at Bill Smyth Oval, in Narooma, means training teams have to huddle around an open fire to keep warm in winter.

No clubhouse at Bill Smyth Oval, in Narooma, means training teams have to huddle around an open fire to keep warm in winter.

Convener of the Bill Smyth Oval Redevelopment Committee, Graham Peachey said representatives from the users of Narooma’s Bill Smyth Oval met earlier this year and decided to make a concerted effort to push for the redevelopment of Narooma’s main sports ground.

“Council talks about Bill Smyth Oval as being one of the most used ovals in the shire, it’s huge with big numbers using it.

“Our interest is not just the bricks and mortar and sport, but the youth, keeping kids involved with sport, establishing life values that keep them off the street,” he said.

Mr Peachey said they had been working very closely with council and to council’s credit they had been very receptive.

“Anything we do, we tick tack with them and vice versa, they do the same.”

There are no separate gender change rooms at Bill Smyth Oval which often causes angst among users.

There are no separate gender change rooms at Bill Smyth Oval which often causes angst among users.

So far between Eurobodalla Shire Council and the Bill Smyth Redevelopment Committee funding has been secured from the NSW Stronger Country Communities grants for upgrades to the clubhouse of $380,000 and $100,000 for field lighting.

A further $13,000 has been secured for a new scoreboard and an application for $20,000 for funding to renovate the kitchen is is being processed.

Mr Peachey said they had also been in touch with the political world and had received promises of money towards the Bill Smyth Oval redevelopment if they were elected.

“We still have the job of getting community consultation started and engaging a team of consultants,” he said.

Among the upgrades planned for Bill Smyth Oval are a second oval for rugby league; a second netball court and amenities for the netball club; upgraded change room and toilet facilities that include both genders.

“We have also had inquiries from Dalmeny Cricket Club who would like to move to Narooma with the prospect of better facilties,” Mr Peachey said. “So we would need money for cricket nets also.”

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