Pontville Oval and stables get much-needed facelift

PONTVILLE Oval and stables are getting a $125,000-upgrade to improve accessibility to the grounds all year round.

“The State Government is working with the Brighton Council and other stakeholders to develop the Brighton recreation area and enhance the quality of life for residents in the fast-growing Brighton community,” said Labor member for Lyons, David Llewellyn.

“The Brighton Recreation Area is the perfect example of a multi-use facility that provides an array of sport and recreation opportunities and is home to cricket, football, soccer and touch football, as well as various other community groups.

“It’s a statewide training base for the Tasmanian Cricket Association (TCA), and is used by Athletics Tasmania for state and national cross-country competitions and by Masters Athletics, boxing and rural youth.

“Pontville Oval Three, which is marked for the upgrade, is used by the TCA, Hobart United Soccer Club, Brighton Football Club and the Southern Cricket Association.

“There are 25 different groups from around Tasmania that will benefit from the development of new stables, including the Brighton Show Society and Pony Club Association of Tasmania ˆ Southern Zone.

“The upgraded facilities will allow more people to participate in sport and recreation and will foster good health, social inclusion, and improved life skills like teamwork and cooperation.

“I congratulate the Pontville User Group, which has been the driving force behind the recent upgrades.

“I’m sure that this development will become the sporting hub of the Brighton municipality and continue to give back to the community for many years to come.”

The State Government has provided $50,000 towards the Pontville Oval and stables redevelopment. Other financial contributors include the Brighton Council with $60 000, the TCA with $10 ,000 and AFL Tasmania with $5,000.

Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s 2009-10 major grants program is now open for applications. For more information, or to download a copy of the guidelines and application form, please visit www.development.tas.gov.au/sportrec