Wyong Council Assures Local Sporting Groups Finals Will Go Ahead #CentralCoast
Wyong Council Assures Local Sporting Groups Finals Will Go Ahead
Wyong Shire Council is working with local sporting associations following the devastating fire that tore through the amenities building at Bateau Bay on Friday night.
The fire at EDSACC South sportsfield is being treated as suspicious and is being investigated by local police.
The Entrance Tigers are the main user of the ground and the fire not only burnt down most of the building, taking most of their gear with it and also affected the main switch for the field’s floodlights.
Council’s Manager Open Space and Recreation, Mr Brett Sherar, said they have already allocated another field for the Tigers to train at tonight.
“We had the electricians on site this morning and they are hoping to have the floodlights fixed this week,” Mr Sherar said.
“Once the lights are fixed the club can use the fields again for training and will have access to the amenities at the northern end of the field near the tennis courts.
“We are working closely with both the Central Coast Rugby League and Rugby Union associations to find them another suitable ground in Wyong Shire as they had booked the ground for the finals series.”
Council’s Mayor, Doug Eaton OAM, said he inspected the building today and was appalled by the scale of the damage.
“The building is clearly a complete wreck and will need to be demolished,” Mayor Eaton said.
“It wasn’t long ago I was being told about the fire at Ourimbah Rugby Club – and now this!
“This is an important time of the year on our local sporting calendar as semi-finals are scheduled to start this weekend.
“We are doing everything we can to have the field and floodlights available for training again and I know our Open Space team is working hard to find alternative fields for the games to be played at.
“I have spoken to Mark Chaffey, President of the Tiger seniors, about the devastating fire and offered whatever assistance we can.
“I will be reviewing Council’s policy to ensure we have adequate rewards in place to encourage witnesses to come forward.
“I am determined to stop these senseless arson attacks on our sporting facilities.”
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