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New sport, recreation amenities for Broke in bicentenary year

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Works have started on an important upgrade to the Broke Recreation Ground as the village celebrates its bicentenary this year.

Singleton Council has secured more than $750,000 to reconstruct three deteriorated asphalt courts, the amenities and flood lights on the site.

The project was funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and a Severe Weather and Flood grant.

Council’s director infrastructure and planning services Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr said the much-needed improvements to the well-used community asset could not have come at a better time.

“What a fantastic project to be able to deliver to the village of Broke during its bicentenary year?” he stated.

“The condition of the courts has declined over the years, made worse by the severe flooding and wet weather events the village experienced in 2021 and 2022.

“After consulting with the community on what they want their recreation ground to look like, we’re pleased to get to the construction phase and begin delivering that vision.

“Council recognises the value sport and recreation play in supporting the wellbeing of our community, which is why we are dedicated to upgrading and building sporting infrastructure and facilities across our local government area.”

The project includes the reconstruction of the former multi-purpose court into a new tennis court, complete with a practice wall, and the former netball court into a full-sized multi-court for basketball and netball.

The existing tennis court will be refurbished and complete with new posts, net and line marking.

The amenities block is scheduled to be demolished and replaced with a large outdoor BBQ and seating area to match the existing shelter while the flood lights will be upgraded to a new LED system.

Not only will upgrading the lighting to LED have greater efficiency outcomes in terms of power usage and emissions, but the previously coin operated lights will move to a system that will allow users to control them using a mobile phone app, making hiring the courts easier than ever.

Council has awarded the tender for this project to Court Craft, the same company that delivered Singleton’s first full-sized, outdoor basketball court last year.

Works are expected to be completed by June.

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