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  • Writer's pictureHon Sam Farraway MLC


The NSW Government will provide $390,000 to Forbes Shire Council to construct a new amenities building at Hughie Wilson Oval to support local sporting clubs and the community.

NSW Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the funding is being provided by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment from its Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program.

“This $390,000 is terrific for Forbes as it will pave the way for a great new local asset that can support numerous sporting, recreation and leisure activities.

“Sports and recreation encourage healthy lifestyles, build community pride and cohesion, and help make Forbes an attractive place to live,” Mr Farraway said.

“This funding will allow for the construction of a brand-new amenities building with change rooms to replace a portable building that has reached the end of its life and is failing to meet community needs and expectations.

“The amenities building will enhance recreational facilities for community use and enjoyment and improve health and safety on Hughie Wilson Oval.

“This will address concerns that have been raised by community organisations about inadequate infrastructure at the popular Crown land reserve, which is managed by Forbes Shire Council.”

Mr Farraway said the new amenities block will provide a modern facility built to national standards that can support growth in all sporting codes that use Hughie Wilson Oval and Spooner Oval.

“Hughie Wilson Oval is used by the Forbes Rugby League Club and the Forbes Magpies Junior Rugby League Club,” Mr Farraway said.

“The oval is also open to the general public for fitness training, community sporting and social events, and has playground equipment installed for families.

“The amenities building will benefit a broad cross section of the community by providing safe, modern and attractive community facilities, including many young women and juniors who participate in organised sport.”

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the Crown Land Manager Recovery Support Program was helping local communities recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

“This program aims to boost the social benefits of Crown reserves and support regional economic recovery post-COVID through asset and health and safety improvement projects,” Minister Pavey said.

“Investing in asset improvements on Crown reserves supports jobs and the economy and helps attract more visits by locals and tourists.”


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