17 March 2021

Machines move in to start work on Bungendore Sports Hub

| Kim Treasure
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Trevor Hicks, Tim Overall, John Barilaro, Mark Schweikert and Tim Geyer at site of the new Bungendore Sports Hub.

From left: Councillor Trevor Hicks, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall, Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Councillor Mark Schweikert, and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council service manager urban landscapes Tim Geyer at the site of the new Bungendore Sports Hub. Photo: Supplied.

Work has begun on multimillion dollar new sports facilities in Bungendore, giving the small NSW town even more appeal for young families looking to relocate to the country.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro joined Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor Tim Overall to inspect early progress at the new Bungendore Sports Hub on 12 March, 2021.

The $2.45 million community sports precinct will boast facilities to accommodate a wide range of sports including rugby league, rugby union, soccer, netball, AFL, cricket and swimming.

“These state-of-the-art facilities mean the families and kids of Bungendore have a wider range of sports they can play locally, and will no longer have to make the trip down the Kings Highway to Queanbeyan or the ACT to pursue their passions,” said Mr Barilaro.

He said the sports hub is part of a raft of government investment, including significant upgrades to Braidwood Recreation Grounds; a new amenities block at Mick Sherd Oval in Bungendore; a change room and gymnasium at David Campese Oval in Queanbeyan; and $650,000 towards the Googong Sport and Recreation Club.

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“We are also investing $10 million in the first stage of the Regional Sports Complex at Jerrabomberra, with construction to get underway in the near future,” said Mr Barilaro.

“Sport is the lifeblood of the Monaro and by building the right facilities in our regions, we are improving our children’s health and wellbeing, creating future sporting stars and building stronger communities.

“It is exciting to see heavy machinery onsite and work underway to deliver this important facility for Bungendore and surrounds. This region is growing, and the Sports Hub will ensure Bungendore has the facilities it needs well into the future.”

Mayor Overall said the new facility will be a fantastic addition to a growing town.

“Being only a short commute from Queanbeyan and Canberra, Bungendore is a popular place for young families looking to settle away from city life,” he said.

Concept design for Bungendore Sports Hub.

The concept design for the new Bungendore Sports Hub. Image: Supplied.

“Until now there have been limited facilities in Bungendore that have been overused and have been outgrown by the community’s needs.”

The first stage of the project involves bulk earthworks, the construction of two floodlit sports fields, two floodlit hardcourts, the installation of irrigation infrastructure, and the construction of car parking and amenities.

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Once complete, the hub will boast six grass sports fields, six hardcourts, floodlights, irrigation, amenities and sporting club facilities, car parking, shared pathways and an eight-lane outdoor covered swimming pool.

The two main sporting fields are due to be operational in 2022.

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