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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The cricket season is back in full swing in 2022 and with it has come some great news for the Bathurst City Colts Sporting Club.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole has announced that City Colts will receive a NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund grant of $80,867.

The grant will allow the club to install a white picket boundary fence around their home ground at Local Oval.

A picturesque little ground with an amphitheatre feel, City Colts official believe it will be the icing on the cake for the ground and make it into a truly magnificent local sporting venue.

Mr Toole said City Colts Cricket Club, whose volunteers are responsible for the upkeep and preparation of the ground, would also be the recipient of a Community Building Partnership grant of $5000 for the purchase of a new mower.

“But this is no ordinary mower because it’s specially designed to help in the preparation of a turf cricket pitch,” he said.

“It’s a roller type mower with a bladed cutting reel which can be set to virtually shave the grass on the wicket back to only a few millimetres.”

Mr Toole said the upgrades to Loco Oval gives Bathurst yet another first class cricket ground and adds to the region’s ability to host major competitions and carnivals.

“This announcement comes at a time when the NSW Government is helping fund upgrades to the town’s premier cricket venue at the Bathurst Sportsground with a $1.3 million dollar makeover to enable it to host Sheffield Shield and T20 fixtures,” he said.


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