The newly redeveloped Victoria Park Sporting Precinct has been officially opened by Mayor of the Dubbo Region, Councillor Ben Shields and local member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders on Thursday 13 August 2020.
The high-profile redevelopment project included the relocation of Dubbo Cycle Club from Victoria Park No.1 to the new multi-million dollar Dubbo Regional Cycling Facility, as well as subsequent enlargement and resurfacing of the playing field, construction of a new car park between Victoria Park No. 2 and No. 3 Ovals, installation of new white picket fencing around the perimeter of the three (3) ovals, as well as construction of a brand-new club house – complete with change rooms, referee rooms and a commercial kitchen.
Councillor Shields said the planning for the expansion of this sporting precinct has been on the agenda for some time.
“A master plan to upgrade the Victoria Sporting Precinct was first adopted in 2011. We knew even back then, that this area in the heart of Dubbo had potential to attract bigger and better sporting events in the future,” said Councillor Shields.
In 2017 the newly formed Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) received over $7.5million through a second round of funding under the NSW State Government’s Stronger Communities Fund. This funding included $3.2million allocated to Victoria Park Sporting Precinct to spend on the construction of the new club house and reconstruction of the playing surface at Victoria Park No.1 Oval and the new car park at Victoria Park No. 2 and 3 Ovals.
Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said developing precincts such as this will further enhance the region’s ability to attract major events.
“Sports tourism is going to play a crucial role in the comeback of local economies across the state, particularly ours as we bounce back from drought and now COVID-19. Thanks to the partnership between Council and the NSW Government we will be ready to host some major sporting events such as international cricket and rugby games here at Victoria Park Sporting Precinct when the time is right,” said Mr Saunders.
DRC contributed over $2.1million towards the redevelopment of the Victoria Park Sporting Precinct including the replacement of Victoria Park 2 lights with energy efficient LEDs, upgrade of the Victoria Park digital scoreboard, construction of the car park and the picket fencing.
The redevelopment has affected many sporting groups, DRC would like to extend their appreciation to local sporting clubs who have been extremely understanding through the worthwhile disruptions.
Featured Image: Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields, Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders, representations from Dubbo District Cricket and Dubbo Rugby.