Major Works Begin on Wiigulga Sports Complex

April 30, 2021

To kick off major works for Wiigulga Sports Complex, local sub-contractors and consultants, including Populous, were welcomed to the project site by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan MP, State Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh MP and Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight.

A traditional smoking ceremony was performed to celebrate the Gumbaynggirr name for the Complex. Wiigulga refers to the black apple tree which is found locally and on the site.

The project vision for Wiigulga Sports Complex is to deliver an inclusive, vibrant and healthy community space for locals and visitors to gather, play, compete, practice, learn, perform and celebrate.

Populous Architect, Belinda Goh, said the flexible design of the sports complex will ensure it is a key community asset, nurturing local sporting pathways and supporting community groups and organisations.

“We are looking forward to delivering the design for this long-awaited project that will be the catalyst to draw the local community together. To learn, celebrate and connect in a venue and precinct for everyone,” Belinda said.

“Wiigulga Sports Complex will become a thriving and attractive place for people of all ages, genders, abilities, cultures and social backgrounds.”

Belinda Goh / Architect

The project includes:

  • West Woolgoolga Playing Fields: to cater to AFL, Cricket, with tournament overlay for Touch Football as well as multi use fields, including lighting, drainage and amenities.
  • Northern Beaches Multi-Purpose Centre: two indoor courts (Basketball and Netball), stage, kitchen, multi-purpose rooms, amenities.
  • Civil works including roadways, shared pathways, carparks and services.

 

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the project is a game changer for the entire Northern Beaches. “Our community has been fighting to make this a reality for over 10 years,” Mr Hogan said.  “It will allow Woolgoolga to host major sporting and cultural events, drawing more people to our region.”

“This project is all about creating and supporting local jobs – it will create over 140 jobs during construction and support many more into the future.”

Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh said he was proud this exciting project has been owned and driven every step of the way by our local community. “The building design reflects our local Indigenous heritage as well as the multicultural mix of the Northern Beaches.” Mr Singh said.  “This new complex is a game changer for the Coffs Coast and I look forward to seeing this dynamic precinct come to life.”

Coffs Harbour City Council Mayor Councillor Denise Knight said: “This has been a community-led and community-focused project from its very beginnings, so I’m delighted to see that so many local tradies and businesses will be working on the build and fit-out. This is a great example of how major stimulation projects are vital for the local economy as we continue to recover from the pandemic.”

“I’m also delighted to see how the Indigenous name for the Wiigulga Sports Complex has been embraced and celebrated by all.”

“Huge congratulations must go to everyone involved in this project, in particular the tireless community working group led by Alastair Milroy.”

The project is expected to be completed by late 2022.

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