Recreation ground redevelopment officially opened in Westbury

Posted on February 21, 2020

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Senator Claire Chandler joined Mayor Johnston, Councillors, club representatives and invited guests to officially open the Westbury Recreation Ground redevelopment.

Senator Chandler said local sporting clubs will benefit from the new facilities which also provide improved health and fitness activities for the wider community.

Mayor Johnston said it was difficult to imagine that just under 180 years ago, the site was referred to as “the swamp” and the local Council at the time, received an application from the Westbury Cricket Club, asking permission to fence about six acres of “the swamp” so it could be used for public recreation and a cricket ground.

With a total project cost of $2.2m, the recently completed redevelopment includes a function space available to all the community, store and medical rooms and unisex home and away change rooms.

“For well over a hundred years, the Westbury Recreation Ground has evolved and adapted in response to the changing community that surrounds it. It is no longer referred to as “the swamp” and this new facility will better cater for the rising profile of women’s teams, ensuring that for many, cricket and football are no longer just spectator sports.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to thank our project partners, the Australian and Tasmanian Governments for their valuable contributions. We are proud to have invested in what could be described as the centerpiece of this town and more importantly, the local community,” Mayor Johnston said.