Tinghas Sport and Recreation Club is being given a new lease on life, with more than $118,000 in needed renovations now complete thanks to funding from the Australian Government.
The much-loved club is a lively hub for local sport, including bowls, cricket, rugby league and golf, and since last year has been the town’s official evacuation centre.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce said he hoped the revamped sport and evacuation centre can bring together the local community.
“It’s clear how important the club is for the Tingha community, which is not only home to a number of local sports but also provides a home to locals in times of need.”
“I’m proud to have been a part of a Coalition Government that delivered this last year, and I’m very impressed with the finished product here today,” Mr Joyce said.
Chair of the Tingha Land Managers, Ivan Coleman said the project to replace the club’s floor will benefit many in the community.
“The replacement of the old floor became a major and urgent project as the floor had deteriorated rapidly, due to its age.”
“The club was also a refueling point for emergency services during the 2019 buhsfires and hosts everything from Australia Day celebrations to the Tingha Chinese Lantern Festival,” Mr Coleman said.
The project was completed by Tingha based tradespeople providing a number of jobs in the local community.
This project was made possible by the former Liberal and Nationals Government’s Black Summer Bushfires Recovery Grants and compliments the club’s earlier improvements including external solar lighting and upgrades to the public amenities.