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  • New all-season multi-sports facility opens in Molong, NSW
  • Provides the community with access to day/night facilities
  • The Coalition Government invested $225,000 in the project

More people in the Central West region of New South Wales will have access to a range of sports facilities, following today’s opening of a major sports facility in Molong, around 35 kilometres north-west of Orange.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the new playing and training facilities would give local teams a fighting chance in regional competitions.

“Previously, teams in Molong often had to spend significant amounts of money and time travelling long distances to compete, reducing the incentive to get involved,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This project created 30 jobs during construction, another example of how the Coalition Government is supporting regional communities.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the new facility includes two netball courts, four tennis courts, a full-sized hockey and soccer field and night lighting.

“The old hockey field was basically a cow paddock and totally unsuitable for local teams to train and play on. If we want our country communities to grow and prosper investments like this in top-rate sporting infrastructure is essential,” Mr Gee said.

Mr Gee also acknowledged the work of Marj Bollinger and the Molong Advancement Group for bringing the need for federal funding assistance for the project to his attention in 2016.

Mayor for Cabonne Council Kevin Beatty said the new complex provided Molong with a first-class sporting facility not often seen in much larger towns.

“Facilities such as these are important to encourage residents, particularly children, to participate in sport,” Cr Beatty said.

“Sporting teams from Molong and the surrounding areas have been disadvantaged previously by not being able to play and train on a quality synthetic surface, but fortunately that has all changed.”

The Coalition Government invested $225,000 in the project and Cabonne Shire Council $800,230.