Church and government leaders open new sporting facilities

The ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Representatives from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, state and local governments officiated at the opening of new sporting facilities at Cooranbong on Sunday (November 28).

South Pacific Division president Pastor Glenn Townend joined State Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper, Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser and local children to cut the ribbon at the new Cooranbong Park Recreation Facility.

The event marked the official handover by the Adventist Church and Johnson Property Group to the local community of works competed to date. The facility has been built as part of the Watagan Park housing estate project and will cater for a wide range of sports.

Once completed in the first few months of 2022, it will include two netball/basketball multi-courts, two new full-size football fields, a cricket pitch, an amenities building and a new 65 space carpark. The existing playground will also be refreshed.

“The Seventh-day Adventist Church has been active in the Cooranbong area since the early 1890s,” Pastor Townend said.  “There are records of people picnicking and playing games in the bush.

“The Church has a rich heritage of supporting health and wellbeing. Physical, social and mental health are improved when playing sports. The Church is glad to hand these new state-of-the-art sporting facilities to the local council and Cooranbong community as part of the Watagan Park development.”

Pastor Townend and local children try out the new netball court.
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