The home to Australia’s oldest provincial rugby league club the Tweed Seagulls, will see the long-awaited upgrade to their facilities begin in late 2023 after a major funding injection.
The funding, announced on site today by Tweed MP Geoff Provest in conjunction with Tweed Seagulls Rugby League Football Club and Tweed Shire Council, will allow works on Stage 1 of the upgrade to begin later this year.
Works in Stage 1 include: upgrades to the entryway; new LED lighting for 3 sports field; upgrades to field surfaces; drainage; irrigation, and; a new playground.
A $600,000 grant from the NSW Department of Planning – Stage 2 Regional Housing Fund Infrastructure Projects fund will allow Council to deliver elements of Stage 1 of its Piggabeen Sports Complex Masterplan Project.
An additional $1.68 million granted to Tweed Seagulls RLFC through the NSW Government’s Office of Sport – Multi-Sport Community Facility Funding will be used to complete additional elements of the Masterplan.
A vital piece of infrastructure
Council’s Manager Parks and Active Communities Murray Smith is pretty happy about the upgrade. ‘This venue is a vital piece of infrastructure for the sporting community in Tweed Heads West and is well-used and loved by the wider community,’ he said.
Tweed Seagulls CEO Matt Francis thanked all stakeholders, saying the upgrade would help secure Seagulls’ future as a pathways club to the NRL.
‘Over the past three years we’ve worked closely with Tweed Shire Council on the development of a Masterplan for Piggabeen.
‘This process has involved community consultation as well as the support of our governing bodies and game partners including the NRL, QRL and our affiliate, the Gold Coast Titans.
‘Tweed Seagulls is also indebted to the unwavering support of the Norths Collective through Seagulls Club where the commitment to rugby league is underpinned by our shared values to make a difference in the communities we serve.’
A Council-owned facility, Piggabeen Sports Complex is situated in Tweed Heads West and is mainly used as a rugby league ground. It is the home ground of the Tweed Seagulls – who play in the Queensland Cup. The ground is also used by the club’s junior rugby league teams as well as local residents for general recreation.
The project will be managed by Council with construction due to start towards the end of 2023, at the completion of the rugby league season. Stage 1 is expected to take approximately six months to complete, weather permitting. Further stages of the Masterplan implementation will progress as funding becomes available.
Find out more about the history of the project at yoursaytweed.com.au/