New $1.3 million modern sports facility at Karuah’s Lionel Morten Oval to replace the old Clubhouse

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer, Cr Paul Le Mottee and Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie with members of the Karuah Rugby League Committee.


WORKS are officially underway to construct a new $1.3 million modern sports facility at Karuah’s Lionel Morten Oval to replace the old Clubhouse.

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Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says Lionel Morten Oval is a community asset that deserves more.

“We’ve already demolished the old, cramped clubhouse and now we’re getting to work constructing a modern purpose-built facility,” Mayor Palmer said.

“The new building will include amenities, change rooms, a canteen, dedicated referee facilities, a first aid room and storage.

“This isn’t just for the rugby league and cricket clubs — it’s an important facility for the entire community of Karuah.

“It’s fantastic that everyone has worked together — 2 levels of Government, Cricket NSW and the community — to make this project possible and I can’t wait to see the end result,” he said.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie says it’s a wonderful outcome for the community of Karuah.

“Local players of both sports have talked to me about the need for upgraded facilities at the oval and I’m delighted we have been able to secure Federal funding to help get this project over the line,” Dr Gillespie said.

This project is being funded by Port Stephens Council ($750,000), the Australian Government’s Move It Aus fund ($500,000) and the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund ($50,000).

The new building is expected to be ready for the 2020 winter sport season.

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