Pavilion to boost Nickol sport

Construction of a new pavilion in Nickol will be a boon for junior sports, according to outgoing Nickol Junior Soccer Club president Derek Wingeatt.

Works have begun on the $2.2m Tambrey Pavilion, with construction of the multi-purpose facility expected to take about seven months.

Mr Wingeatt said the facility would be “absolutely fantastic” for the suburb.

“We had heard there was potential for this going up, so we ran a petition to help the council make the decision as I truly believe Nickol will love it,” he said.

“It has been difficult to keep our lines marked and keep the nets and equipment needed for matches and training here, so this will give us somewhere we can utilise to maintain our equipment.

“It will make it so much easier to set up to train and play.”
Derek Wingeatt, President, Nickol Junior Soccer Club

Mr Wingeatt said the facility would also be well used for meetings.

Junior rugby league and boxing are also expected to make use of the facility.

Department of Sport and Recreation regional manager Brendan Cullinan said the project would add to the range of sport and recreation facilities throughout the region.

“The development of this complex will further provide opportunities for more people to become more active more often and enjoy the benefits of physical activity,” he said.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said he was pleased to see construction under way and was looking forward to seeing the project designs come to fruition.

“Now that construction has begun we can look forward to seeing the Tambrey Pavilion take shape and really come to life over the next few months,” he said.

“Once complete, this facility will be a real boost for sports clubs and groups based in Tambrey, Nickol and surrounds, providing them with similar amenity to the sports facilities located at the eastern end of Karratha.”

Pilbara Development Commission economic development, land and infrastructure director Chris Le Serve said sport was a key driver of community participation and wellbeing in regional areas.

“Each new and upgraded facility in the region plays an important role adding vibrancy to our communities by increasing the opportunity to participate in sport and community events,” he said.

Part of the Tambrey Oval carpark on Tambrey Drive will be inaccessible during construction.

The bus stop will be temporarily relocated outside the Tambrey basketball courts.

Source: The West Australian

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