The development of the Liverpool Plains shire's sporting precincts is continuing with work taking place at the Harold Golland Sporting Fields in Quirindi.
The Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) is hoping to provide updated facilities for sport and recreation groups and the wider community, and the upgrade of this specific sporting field will provide a shared base for soccer and junior cricket.
"Demand for upgrades has been established through consultation with user groups and peak bodies," LPSC mayor Andrew Hope said.
"The move follows on from recommendations in the LPS Sport and Recreation Strategy for relocation and collocation of activities to increase overall capacity and enhance the flexibility of activity spaces as outlined in the Quirindi Sport and Recreation Precinct Master Plan."
Cr Hope said work included two new synthetic cricket pitches which will allow junior cricket to relocate to the Golland fields.
This will allow for an increased number of players to register with Quirindi Junior Cricket Association to participate in one of the region's favourite sports.
"It is a project that benefits young people from all areas of the shire who come in to participate," he said.
Quirindi Junior and District Cricket Associations president Mick Sevil said it would give the junior cricket the "ability to continue to expand".
"We ran out of room at Longfield Park last year and had to close registrations. The move to Golland Fields will provide more opportunity to foster cricket amongst the region's juniors," Mr Sevil said.
"The new synthetic pitches will allow juniors to be better prepared as they transition to the older age groups."
The project is being funded through LPSC's successful application to the NSW Government's Drought Stimulus Program that has provided $900,000 to fund a number of projects.
$550,000 has been budgeted for the redevelopment of the Quirindi sporting precinct, a project that will benefit sportspeople, young and old, from all over the shire.
In addition, other projects are being undertaken at Premer, Spring Ridge and Warrah Creek.
"This project at Golland Fields compliments the development of the sporting precinct that includes Longfield Park and the neighbouring tennis facilities," the mayor said.
"It will enhance the opportunities that are available for shire sportspeople to enjoy their chosen sport and provides for our various sporting organisations to expand and grow their operations into the future."