Plans to transform King Park Sports Complex into a regional sporting destination are inching closer to becoming a reality.
About $840,000 will be used to upgrade the sporting facilities at King Park in Raymond Terrace after Port Stephens Council was successful in securing NSW Government Regional Sport Facility Fund grants.
An additional $260,000 was secured by the council to carry out further improvements to Tomaree Sports Complex.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said the grants will improve the quality of sport infrastructure across Port Stephens.
"Thanks to this grant, more than $840,000 will go to King Park Regional Sport Complex to help us continue to deliver the King Park masterplan," he said.
"We'll upgrade the existing amenities building to provide unisex change rooms, revamp the meeting and function area, create new pathways to connect the complex, build tiered and sheltered seating for spectators and install new signage.
"These upgrades will be a huge improvement not only for Raymond Terrace but for the broader community who travel to use these facilities.
"Our aim is to transform King Park Sports Complex into a regional sporting destination which can host major events like championships and carnivals."
In pre-COVID times, King Park played host to a number of regional and district football and cricket events, including the prestigious McDonald's Women's Country Cricket Championship.
At the Salamander Bay sports complex, where a $3.2 million project to upgrade the clubhouse and amenities is underway, cash has been secured to revitalise the Elizabeth Waring building at the No. 1 sportsground into a "high-quality sporting and community space".
"We want to encourage community events, meetings and training programs to be delivered from this modern function area that overlooks the John Nell Match Field," Cr Palmer said.
"This will complement works already underway at Tomaree Sports Complex to construct a new multipurpose amenities building, which is scheduled to be complete in early 2022.
"These new facilities are going to be a game-changer for our local community as we continue to deliver on the vision of the Tomaree Sports Complex masterplan."
The Tomaree grant will also be used to fund new pathways, seating and signage.
The council said it will continue to work with sporting clubs and community groups on the scope of the projects.
Works on the Raymond Terrace and Salamander Bay projects are expected to be delivered in 2022.
NSW's Minister for Sport, Natalie Ward, said the projects will provide a "welcome lift to sporting infrastructure across Port Stephens" which would mean "more locals will have the opportunity to enjoy and take part in sport".
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