The time has finally come for Kingscliff Football Club to make the move across the road to Walter Peate Oval.
After a lengthy and intensive five-year process, the approval to move across was granted to the club to build a new footballing home. The project has been in talks on and off for the past 25 years, but the green light has finally been given to the fast growing club.
The project will allow the club to have its own footballing facility running for 12 months of the year, offering the sport to the local football community in many different formats throughout the year.
A new clubhouse will allow the club to offer off field opportunities as well as those on the field by giving a home for its members, particularly the youth community to help keep them engaged in the sport.
The plan sees the club gradually move across to Walter Peate until the facility is fully complete. The current home, Reg Dalton, will still be used for training and some exhibition games in the future but currently the club is well under way on adding solar, lighting and more active fields.
The move is something that club president Gillian Austin sees as beneficial to all parties.
“It will allow us to continue to grow football in our community and to provide the game for players of all abilities. It will allow us to keep our sense of community here using football as the tool and giving our youth pathways in the sport. The area is in a huge growth period with building continuing and families moving to the area,” said Austin.
The move could not have been executed if it wasn’t for the contribution of key people, making the move an easier one for the club.
“South East Excavations have contributed a large sum of money to get the move started and intend to keep working with us on the project. We are working closely with the Tweed Shire Council and have some much required assistance from Councillor Reece Byrnes (Deputy Mayor). We are also being supported by our local MP’s Justine Elliot and Geoff Provest to seek the appropriate funding we need.”