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Construction of the second stage of the Glen Willow Sporting Complex HAS officially commenced with Mayor of the Mid-Western Region Des Kennedy turning the first sod alongside Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee.

Andrew Gee and the Council secured $6.95 million through the Federal Government’s Building Better Region’s Fund – Infrastructure Projects stream to deliver the $13.9 million project. The $6.95 million Federal grant was the full amount requested by the Council.

Mayor Kennedy said the expansion will increase capacity of the complex and its ability to host more games and major carnivals.

“Expansion plans include two junior rugby league playing fields, two rugby union fields, two multi-purpose fields, a junior rugby league amenities building, rugby union amenities building as well as infrastructure including car parking facilities, roads, lighting and fencing,” Cr Kennedy said.

“Since construction of Stage 1 in 2012, more than 160,000 spectators have attended major sporting events through to local games at Glen Willow, with a further 8,000 locals participating in sport at the venue each year.

“In consultation with sporting clubs we have developed a Glen Willow Master Plan to address the needs of the community. I’d like to thank the Federal Government for its foresight in working with Council to deliver this worthwhile community facility.”

Federal member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the expansion of the Glen Willow Sporting Complex was a fantastic outcome for players and sports fans in the Mudgee community.

“This upgrade is sure to bring with it a major boost in capacity at the Glen Willow complex expected - attracting more and larger sporting events and increasing participation in the process,” Mr Gee said.

“Expansion plans include six additional playing fields, two new amenity blocks, additional car parking for 170 vehicles and lighting towers for all fields installed.

“The project is also expected to create 28 jobs during construction and 36 ongoing jobs in the community – which will have major flow-on benefits across the local economy,” Mr Gee added. 

Construction of Stage 2 is expected to take approximately eight months, with fields ready for play in December 2020.