Sporting club prepares for expansion

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“There was movement at the station for the word had passed around….” or so the well-known AB Patterson verse goes but it’s not quite the same for the Two Wells Football and Netball Sporting Club’s much anticipated clubroom upgrade – despite some action taking place.

Like me, you may have been wondering when work would start on the club’s desperately needed improvements.

And like me, you may also have noticed the large palm trees at the rear of the building were removed recently, perhaps paving the way for construction to start on the long-awaited project.

But we may have to wait a few months more as official planning approval has not yet been granted.

TWF&NSC president, Francis Pellizzari, said while the palm trees were removed in May, the club was still waiting for a final engineers report before it could seek final development approval from the District Council of Mallala.

“It was an important stage for us (the removal of the palm trees) in terms of us getting as prepared as we can be before we formally commence the project,” Francis said.

“But the critical thing is, concurrently with seeking development approval with the council, we will be finalising our development costings.”

Once the club has the final costs sorted, it would be seeking assistance for the project from members, families and local tradies, he said.

The project will see the clubrooms undergo a major makeover, with an extended dining area to the south, new bar and kitchen facilities, back access from the netball courts, improved office space, cool-room and storeroom, plus new toilet and showering amenities, bigger football change rooms and an area for umpires and trainers as well as a cricket storeroom.

With the project now behind schedule, Francis said work on the southern end of the building would commence first once development approval had been granted.

“The plan is for us to do the southern end of the development first because that will have the lesser impact on the existing clubrooms,” he said.

“And we have been nominated to host the grand final next year.

“For the first time since we joined this association, in 1987, we will host a grand final, so that’s a bit of an incentive for us to finish.”

The club is in the process of finalising to sell pavers to the general public with names engraved on them to raise funds and give members, supporters, families and individuals the opportunity to contribute.

Keep watching this space!

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