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MacLaughlan Park opening attended by Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell



Mayor & Minister for Sport & RecRecreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell and Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi

by S Lowe 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell  kicked off a six day tour of the State’s South East on Saturday 12th April, with the unveiling of new sporting facilities at Millicent.

Mr Bignell officially opened the new facility at MacLaughlan Park with six netball courts, seven tennis courts, new change rooms and a gym.

“I was fortunate to grow up in the South East, and I know first-hand the importance of having first class sporting facilities in the regions,” Mr Bignell said.

“Country sport has long been a wonderful talent base, producing outstanding athletes and world class achievements, admired by all South Australians.

“Investing in sport also promotes a healthy lifestyle and fosters strong social connections within communities.”

The State Government and the Wattle Range Council each contributed $200,000 towards the project.

Sporting clubs gave $40,000 and with the support and generosity of the community, raised a further $39,000. In a sign of true community spirit, a further $10,000 was provided through in-kind support and volunteer labour.

Mr Bignell said the State Government was committed to investing in community sport, with $10 million already allocated this year.

Further benefits to the South East will include:

  •  $19,000 for a shared storage shed at the Millicent centre
  •  $50,000  for a new synthetic bowling green at the Beachport Bowling Club
  •  Almost $95,000 for change room and toilet upgrades at the Naracoorte and District Hockey Association
  •  $90,000 for one new court and the resurfacing of two others, plus new lighting at Bordertown Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Netball Association Inc.

Mr Bignell will spend his time in the South East meeting with local businesses, organisations and individuals.

On Sunday he went to Coonawarra for an event celebrating the Adelaide Food and Wine Festival

Photographs: Graeme Mellor

Source: Premiers Dept

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