Monday 11 July 2016
Bega Valley Mayor, Michael Britten and Group 16 Rugby League President, Dean Lynch have agreed on a plan that will see the code’s Grand Final played at the Bega Recreational Ground on August 21.
Facilities at the Ground have suffered on the back of repeated vandalism, which has been a challenging set of circumstances for Council to manage.
However following concerns expressed by the Group 16 committee this week, Mayor Michael Britten and Council’s Recreation and Leisure staff have been able to find a temporary solution.
“I am pleased to advise that the games’ biggest day of the year will go ahead in Bega,” Cr Britten said.
“Thanks to the good will and cooperation of Mr Lynch, we have put in place measures that will meet the demands of spectators, officials and players.”
Council and Group 16 will share the responsibility for temporary toilet and canteen facilities on the day.
Mr Lynch said that the arrangements were a good result for local footy fans.
“This means we can accommodate a large crowd in comfort,” Mr Lynch said.
Bega Valley Shire Council is also pushing ahead with long term solutions, with upgraded facilities part of the Bega Sporting Complex Master Plan approved by Councillors on April 6.
“The Rec Ground is an important asset, it is such a shame a few people have lost sight of that and destroyed community property,” Cr Britten said.
“Grand Final Day has been an important part of Bega’s cultural and business life for many years, this is a great outcome for the Shire.
“All we need now is for Bega Valley teams to qualify for the big day.” Cr Britten said.