Football club makeover gets big tick

THE Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries have been “wowed” by the progress on the Newtown Condingup Football clubrooms redevelopment, following a site visit on March 3.

The Department’s regional manager Erin Bond arrived in Esperance to meet with the club’s project team manager Kathy Ashby and team member John Hyatt. 

With the works more than 40 per cent complete, Mr Hyatt said the next stage would involve the roof tile removal and replacement. 

“When that’s done we will be on the downhill run,” he said. “The aim is to be ready for this season commencement and we are on track for that.”

The Club’s facility upgrade will include new change rooms, showers, ablutions, umpire changeroom and internally, existing rooms are being renewed to include new visitor’s changerooms, office space, new mobility impaired ablutions and the building will receive new roofing.

Ms Bond said she was impressed with the work that had been undertaken so far and the fact that the project was running on track, on time and on budget. 

“One word – wow,” she said.

Ms Ashby said the works were the result of the hard work done by the volunteers and the project team, whose roles have ensured the operations remain on schedule.

“We meet and report regularly and we are following our project brief carefully,” she said. “We don’t want any surprises that may set us back.”

The original clubhouse was built more than 50 years ago, an effort by local members who had contributed their own time and funds to the project. The recent upgrade was funded from the Department of Local Government Sports and Cultural Industries, the Shire of Esperance, the club’s own funds and volunteer donations.

Work talk: Newtown Condingup Football Club project manager Kathy Ashby in discussions with Regional manager Erin Bond. Photo: Supplied.

Work talk: Newtown Condingup Football Club project manager Kathy Ashby in discussions with Regional manager Erin Bond. Photo: Supplied.