With new lighting, drainage and irrigation, mobile grandstand and much improved car parking, it’s ‘game on’, for Maclean’s Wherrett Park sporting facility. Representatives from the local ‘Bobcats’ soccer club and cricket clubs were in attendance for the official opening by Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, on Monday. Mr Hogan said Wherrett Park is now better able to host cricket, soccer, rugby league netball and athletics, thanks to an Australian Government investment of $950,000, to upgrade the sporting facility. “Our community is sports mad and new facilities like this have been needed for some time and will be well used by our community,” Mr Hogan said. “This is all part of my plan to create sustainable communities for local families and businesses, while attracting new residents and investment from further afield.” Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the upgrade would mean fewer interruptions and more games played in the future. “Sport helps build friendships and teach valuable lessons. This upgrade has created great playing facilities that mean games are less likely to be cancelled in the wetter months,” she said. Clarence Valley’s mayor, Richie Williamson, said he was “thrilled” that the council was involved in overseeing the upgrade. “Wherrett Park is now a showpiece and the work that’s been completed means it will remain in great shape for years to come,” he said. “We could not have done this without the support of other levels of government. It shows what can be achieved when the three levels of government work together.” The Australian Government invested $950,000 for the sporting upgrade through its Community Development Grants Program, while Clarence Valley Council contributed the remaining $23,688.