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THE first two stages of the sports ground development at Shoobridge Park in Austins Ferry have been completed, with support from the State Government, Glenorchy City Council and Cricket Tasmania.

The development included an upgrade of the existing ground with the installation of a new turf wicket, watering system, new fencing, extension of the outfield, seating for the public and cricket players, and bring the ground and outfield up to Premier League standard.

Glenorchy Cricket Club director of cricket Simon Stebbings said there had been a huge growth in cricket in the northern suburbs over the past few years.

“With additional junior and female teams playing turf cricket, we just didn’t have enough facilities for all our players at KGV,” he said.

“Without the State Government grant funding, the project simply wouldn’t have happened.

“The initial State Government funding, through the Department of State Growth Community Infrastructure Fund, provided a $50,000 grant and that, together with Cricket Tasmania/Cricket Australia Infrastructure funding of $20,000 specifically for the pitch and the Glenorchy City Council matched support, enabled us to now have a niche turf cricket facility.”

Local Liberal Member for Clark and patron of the Glenorchy Cricket Club Elise Archer said the upgrades would be hugely beneficial to the community.

“This development provides a great cricket facility for the community in a growth area of the Glenorchy municipality,” she said.

“Our Government recognises the importance of our local sporting clubs, and it will be great to see the new facilities in use in the near future.”

The first stage of the project won the Cricket Australia Infrastructure Project of the Year in 2019 and was also runner up in the national community cricket awards.

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Cricket Club director of cricket Simon Stebbings and local Liberal Member for Clark and Glenorchy Cricket Club patron Elise Archer.

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