With the support of the Federal Government’s Community Development Grant Programme, Shoalhaven District Football Association side Culburra Cougars officially opened its new Club House.
The Community Development Grant Programme provided a total of $345,000 – which went to the Culburra facilities upgrade at Crookhaven Oval.
The Culburra Cougars Club House was officially opened by Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley along with Deputy Mayor Clr Greg Watson, Clr Jo Gash, Clr Mitchell Pakes, Clr Patricia White, Kiama MP Garth Ward, and Gilmore MP Fiona Phillips, who were also in attendance at the official opening event.
Following the completion of the new Club House, Shoalhaven City Council undertook site restoration works on the oval, including levelling and installing new turf.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor Amanda Findley acknowledged the importance of the infrastructure for the Culburra sporting community going forward.
“I would firstly like to thank the Federal Government for their support of the Culburra Cougars. The funding has allowed the club to design and construct new storage and toilet facilities at Crookhaven Oval,” she said.
“These facilities will be able to be used by generations of Cougars to come. These are important facilities not only provide a safe space for the club to store their training equipment, but club house also provides a safe space for club members to change before and after training and games.”
Daniel Ristic, Football NSW Manager for Government Relations, Funding & Infrastructure, was ecstatic about the upgrade for a club which is part of is the largest regional association in NSW with well over 3,100 participants donning the boots during the 2021 winter season.
“Storage and unisex toilets are the essentials of any community facility in the 21st century,” he said.
“As part of the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy, storage was identified as a key priority by football associations across NSW.”
This upgrade was part of the club’s first stage in its redevelopment of its facility with Stage 2 to include new change rooms, referee room and canteen.
Local Council have committed funding towards Stage 2 in the 2022/23 financial year.