A $6.2 million project to transform the Hereford Street sporting precinct is underway.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the project is a funding partnership between the NSW Government and Bathurst Regional Council.
The aim is to turn that area of Hereford Street into a major rugby league and rugby union hub capable of hosting any number of regional and state-based events.
Mr Toole said a NSW Government Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund grant of $2.6 million would be in addition to Bathurst Regional Council’s contribution of $3.6 million.
“We’re going to see two new footy fields built on the floodplain between the current Bathurst Bulldogs complex and the St Patrick’s Rugby League complex,” he said.
“This will take the number of fields in this sporting precinct to six. The development will also see an amenities block constructed, lighting installed, an 800-space carpark and roundabout to make it easier and safer to enter and exit the complex.”
Mr Toole said that in 2006 Council completed the construction of two rugby union fields and a supporting clubhouse which is the home of the Bathurst Bulldogs Rugby Club.
“Another two fields and clubhouse for the St Patrick’s Rugby League were added to the Hereford Street precinct in 2018,” Mr Toole said.
“The fields are important for the growing local population who need sport facilities, but there is room to engage more people in the sports and to host large events such as regional and state-based competitions in Bathurst.”
Mr Toole said key user groups to benefit include: NSW Rugby Union, Rugby AU, Country Rugby League, Central West Rugby, Bathurst Rugby Club and Group 10 Country Rugby League.