THE Gunnedah community is set to benefit from the construction of new practice cricket nets at Kitchener Park.
Construction of the new nets began earlier this week after the Gunnedah District Cricket Association (GDCA) received a funding grant from Cricket NSW and the NSW government earlier in the year to help with construction.
GDCA president Brad Gander said the new facility would benefit the whole community.
“The location is really accessible for everybody,” Gander said.
“Kitchener is somewhere pretty easy for everyone to get to and these nets will be another way for the community to get active.”
Gander said Gunnedah’s junior and senior cricket associations were “working hand in hand” on the project and hoped to have it complete before Christmas.
“The Gunnedah Junior Cricket Association secured all of the funding and the senior association is providing all of the labour,” he said.
“We are really looking to work together on most things and this is just a great example of that.
“The only thing we have had to contract out has been the concreting for the pitches themselves.
“The rest of the labour and materials are being donated – already we have had some generous support from Grant McIlveen and Greg Haire, who have kindly supplied and welded all of the steel involved.”
Once complete, the new nets will also offer the region’s junior representative teams a state-of-the-art facility to train at.
“Hopefully we will be able to attract some of the local rep squads to train here,” Gander said.
“It’s a central location and a really good chance for us to continue to grow the sport locally.”
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