Upgrades worth $247,549 at the David Taylor Oval will be a great boost to the Werris Creek community, Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said the funding is through the Stronger Country Communities Fund and will include installation of a container-type amenities block with toilets and showers, and refurbishment of an on-site bore to supply water to irrigate the playing field. 

“I’m always thinking of ways we can make lives better in some our smaller towns and this funding is a great example of how we can have stronger country communities.  

“David Taylor Oval is used for inter-regional rugby league games but currently has no shower amenities available for players and limited toilets for visitors to the ground. 

“Members of the Werris Creek community, including children and families, regularly use the oval for recreation, with recreational vehicle users also regular visitors to the area. 

“When the new amenities at David Taylor Oval are in place they will provide competitors with much needed change rooms with showers, and complement other recent upgrades to the grandstand, commentary box and public-address system. 

“The new facilities will also be available to other sporting groups, and patrons of the nearby Freedom Campground. The funding will also provide a RV Sewerage Dump Point.

“The provision of modern amenities at David Taylor Oval will promote the area as a stopover point for tourists visiting the local attractions, including the award-winning Australian Railway Museum, and encourage the use of the camp ground by overnight and day visitors to the region. 

"Late last year I announced a $96,612 extension of the Werris Creek shared pathway from Hoamm Park to David Taylor Oval that will connect the Freedom Camp area with an existing path to the town's retail and key tourist attractions. 

The pathway will provide safe access for both cyclists and pedestrians of all ages to move people between the popular oval and camp area to the centre of Werris Creek.

“Locals heading to David Taylor Oval to watch the Werris Creek Magpies may even consider taking the pathway to the match, rather than the car,” Mr Anderson concluded. 

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP with Liverpool Plains Shire Council Mayor, Cr Andrew Hope, Werris Creek’s Garnet Patterson with representatives of Werris Creek Rugby League, Kevin Sherlock  and Ron Dellar.

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