Bega Valley Shire Council hopes a wide variety of sports enthusiasts will use a new multi-purpose sports facility at Pambula.
Capable of accommodating everything from squash and table tennis to yoga and martial arts, the specialist squash and multi-purpose courts were officially opened last June as the latest addition to the Sapphire Aquatic Center and Gym complex.
“From the outset, we wanted this facility to be flexible and able to be used by a range of different sporting and recreational groups,” said Bega Valley Shire Mayor Russell Fitzpatrick.
“This meant not only accommodating the Merimbula Squash Club and the Far South Coast Table Tennis Club, but also ensuring it could be used for a wide range of sports and activities from yoga to martial arts and dance. .
“The movable center walls open up the facility to a wide range of uses and we welcome inquiries from local sports or community groups who would like to use this new space.”
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Far South Coast Table Tennis Club President Danny David praised the facility, saying it was great for the community.
“The location is perfect where it is, with the school there, by the pool and they’re talking about having racquetball there,” he said.
“The facility is great. I know a lot of work and time has gone into it.
The Australian government’s Building Better Regions Fund gave $850,000 to the project while the Bega Valley Shire Council provided $70,000.
Mr Fitzpatrick said fit-out contractor ASB Squash had done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances, with specialist business skills and essential pieces like the moveable walls held up in the Czech Republic during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Regional Development Minister and former Bega Valley Shire Mayor Kristy McBain said the facility was a great example of the community working together with different levels of government.
“It is important to note that Merimbula Squash Club will now be able to organize competitions, attract new players and hopefully grow their membership,” she said.
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Mr David said his table tennis club was currently in the Frank Maher Pavilion in Pambula but as it was due to be demolished at some point the club was considering moving to the new facilities.
“The building itself is first class, but we need to make sure it fits our purpose,” he said.
Mr David said there were around 30 people in the club when it started 12 years ago and although its numbers dwindled during the COVID-19 pandemic it was still going strong .
“It’s primarily a social event for people who want to go out for a few hours and exercise,” he said.