Work has officially started on the city’s new $9 million multi-purpose stadium.
Being built next to the Wagga Exhibition Centre, the multi-purpose stadium (MPS) will provide a sporting, community and entertainment space.
“For a city that is widely known as the ‘City of Good Sports’, this is a very exciting time for the residents of Wagga ,” Mayor Greg Conkey said.
“The MPS will be an excellent space for local sporting clubs and groups. The venue also opens up opportunities for competitions or events that attract visitors from across the state and country.”
Construction of the new complex will be carried out by Albury-based company Zauner Construction.
Director Garry Zauner said residents can expect to see the stadium’s begin to take shape within the next two to three months.
“From this week you will be able to see site preparation and substructure work being undertaken, and within a few months the steel frame structure and walls will be visible,” Mr Zauner said. “We hope to have the project completed in late November.”
The MPS will feature three indoor courts, change rooms, seating for more than 600 spectators and a function space with catering facilities.
Cr Conkey was on hand to officially turn the first sod on the Copland Street site, with Member for Riverina Michael McCormack and Wagga Netball Association president Rosemary Clarke, along with Mr Zauner.
The federal government contributed $4.5m to the project, with a further $250,000 from Netball Wagga. The remaining cost is being met by Wagga City Council.
“The stadium will meet all international standards that will enable Wagga to host Netball NSW State level competitions such as state league regional finals, academy games and stage one state team trials,” Ms Clarke said.
“This state-of-the-art complex will complement existing sporting facilities in the region,” Ms Clarke said.
“As netball continues to grow in popularity in the Wagga, young athletes and budding netball stars will have access to a new facility, where they can learn and develop their skills.”
Mr McCormack said the government’s contribution to the MPS would “create scores of local construction jobs”.