Buy-a-picket campaign to raise sport cash for Pirie hub

FUNCTION CENTRE: The pickets near the Function Centre at the sport hub will be designated "gold" and cost $150 each.
FUNCTION CENTRE: The pickets near the Function Centre at the sport hub will be designated "gold" and cost $150 each.

Memorial Oval will be surrounded by tributes to sport heroes of the past, thanks to a buy-a-picket campaign launched by council.

About 3500 pickets will be divided into “gold, silver and bronze” locations and sold for up to $150 each under the plan.

Plaques will be affixed to the pickets in memory or appreciation of sport heroes or clubs or individuals.

Money raised will be invested in sport and recreation.

The sales campaign which will begin on October 1 was recommended by the council’s sport and recreation committee.

In adopting the move, Port Pirie Regional Council heard that the plaques would become the life-time property of the buyer.

“Gold” pickets will number 880 and be sold for $150 each while there will be 2112 “silver” ones at $100 each and 506 “bronze” ones at $50 each. A total of 189 pickets will be for sale to businesses. They will cost $200 each yearly. Council’s corporate and community director James Holyman told the council that the plaques will be “reasonably sized”. They are believed to be about the size of a mobile phone.

He said the pickets in front of the Function Centre at the multi-million-dollar sport hub at Memorial Oval would be “gold” category while the pockets of the oval would be “bronze”.

Cr Dino Gadaleta praised the work in the past four years of the committee under chairman Cr Darryl Johnson.

“That committee has done an exemplary job, way and above the call of duty,” he said.

The council decided to name the hub facilities as Function Centre, Memorial Oval and Pirie West Oval with the recreation centre, in Mary Elie Street, to be called the Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

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