Andrew Connellan, Steph Cooke MP, Kyle Sturgess and Nick Hunt stand in front of new lighting towers at the West Wyalong Rugby Club

The West Wyalong Weevils Rugby Club’s community spirit is shining with their new lighting project complete.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined representatives from the club and the project to open the ‘Light it Up’ project, which was supported through a $839,009 grant from the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Ms Cooke said the project had transformed the ground.

“An incredible amount of work has been undertaken here in West Wyalong and I congratulate both the Weevils and project manager Andrew Connellan for their efforts in getting this done,” Ms Cooke said.

“Sport is one of the glues of our community, bringing people together and giving people a chance to be part of something bigger, the West Wyalong community deserves to have up to date infrastructure to help enjoy it.”

“This is fantastic support from the NSW Government helping to build a stronger community and a project that can be enjoyed for years to come.”

West Wyalong Weevils Rugby Club President Kyle Sturgess said the project had brought the club community closer together.

“This lighting has made a massive difference for us, meaning we can have Friday night games and use this venue for much more than just rugby union. The feel of a Friday night game is so different to a daytime match, it almost feels as if you’re at a professional match,” Mr Sturgess said.

“We’ve started training back on our own ground, our feeling of being part of a club has now intensified and we are able to do more work around the club because we are out there a lot more. It’s given all the players but particularly the younger ones a real sense of community.”

“We want to thank Steph and her team for all their help. This has been a really easy process, it’s been a long process but Steph made us feel from the very start that it was really achievable.”

“We also want to thank our project manager Andrew Connellan who has been fantastic, he went above and beyond and kept his cool, got us through the challenges of COVID and he’s absolutely delivered for us.”