Home of the mighty Tigers
Over the last few months, the Club’s Ground Development committee had a number of meetings with representatives from AFLQ and the Tweed Shire Council to present the Master Plan for the Barry Sheppard Oval. The meetings were very successful, with all stakeholders very enthusiastic about the project.
The Master Plan is to be staged over four – five years. At the end of the day, the goal is for the Club to have a well utilised facility with solid, functional amenities in place including new club-rooms for the 2017 season which will coincide with the Club’s 10th anniversary.
The concept staging is outlined below. Please note that due to various circumstances, the staging details could change.
Construction of oval boundary fence (Oval size 160m x 130m)
Installation of coaches boxes / interchange shelters
Installation of approved irrigation system for the oval
Possible upgrading of the existing junior goal & point posts to senior full length posts.
Constructing new of players pavilion including change-rooms showers, toilets, DP toilet, store room, cleaner’s room and umpire’s change room.
Upgrading the existing sewerage treatment system (if required)
Refurbishing and upgrading of the existing amenities block including male and female public toilets, canteen and equipment store room
Constructing hardstand parking areas
Refurbishing and sealing of gravel access road
Constructing the Club pavilion including meeting rooms, kitchen, store & function room
Upgrading of the the Oval flood lighting for training and night games
At the same time, AFLQ released their Infrastructure Strategy for the Northern Rivers. The Ground Development committee met with the AFLQ and representatives from other Northern Rivers JAFL clubs at an information session to get feedback on the discussion paper. The Strategy is very exciting with AFLQ very committed to grow the sport in the region. The Club favoured very well in the strategy with AFLQ recommending that the Barry Sheppard Oval is given priority for facility development.
The Club’s Ground Development committee has recently made funding applications to the Joss Group / AFL Community Facility Grant and the NSW Sports & Recreation Communities Grant to assist in the funding of stage 1 of the master plan. Along with these grants, the Tweed Shire Council and the Club have committed funds also.
All going well, we may see the Stage 1 works implemented during the first half of the 2013 season.
Barry Sheppard Oval
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