Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP yesterday visited Laurie Daley Oval to inspect a major upgrade underway through the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).

Junee Shire Council received $432,900 under Round One of the SCCF to reconstruct the playing surface, including the installation of drainage and irrigation.

“It’s wonderful to be here today and inspect the phenomenal progress at the oval. The turf looks absolutely fantastic,” Ms Cooke said.

“We all know how much Laurie Daley Oval means to the Junee community.

“We stand on the Diesels’ home turf, as well as the site of the inaugural Riverina Boys Football Carnival, a lot of memories have been made here.

“This facility needed some work but it’s so great to see it’s now well on track to being the envy of clubs throughout our district. I can’t wait to see it complete and in action.”

In addition to the playing surface, Council also received $451,688 to deliver much-needed female and male change-rooms, referee rooms and public toilet facilities at Laurie Daley Oval.

Junee Shire Council General Manager James Davis said the new playing surface will be ready for the start of the 2019 footy season.

“Over 5,000m2 of turf has been laid and the tender for the amenities upgrade is expected to go out within the next few weeks,” Mr Davis said.