Pirie council gives $60,000 to Brook oval upgrade project

THANKS: Crystal Brook Football Club president Ian Lambert is thrilled with the news that Port Pirie Regional Council will help cover the cost of a picket fence around the oval.
THANKS: Crystal Brook Football Club president Ian Lambert is thrilled with the news that Port Pirie Regional Council will help cover the cost of a picket fence around the oval.

The Roosters are crowing over a $60,000 grant from Port Pirie Regional Council.

The money will go toward the cost of a white picket fence around the Crystal Brook oval.

President of Crystal Brook Football Club Ian Lambert said the grant was "absolutely brilliant".

He said $40,000 for the fence had already been raised through residents' pledges.

It is part of a $900,000 project to build women's changerooms, lay a turf wicket and improve football and netball lighting.

"It is massive," Mr Lambert said.

The council agreed to back the club in applying for funding from the state government's Sport and Recreation Office.

Mayor Leon Stephens said the council had been impressed with the way the club approached it for support.

He praised the club's emphasis on women's football.

The new fence would improve safety for children.

"We watched the women's grand final and little kids were running out on the oval while matches were being played," he said of the existing situation.

"The club will end up building a whole new complex there for women's changerooms."

Council chief executive officer Peter Ackland said there had been an "outstanding response" to the recent women's football competition.

He said the oval and amenities were on non-government land owned by the North Western Agricultural Society.

"The organisation is a separate entity ... thereby providing surety for investment of community funds," he said.

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