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Sporting Council to champion Macleay

“I have a vision”:Owner of the Macleay Indoor Sport and Development Centre Troy McKiernan is leading the charge to create a Sporting Council to better represent sport in the Macleay A SMALL group of community members are aiming to kick goals on and off the sporting field for the benefit of the Macleay Valley.

The goal is to form a Macleay Sporting Council with the vision to improve Macleay’s sporting infrastructure and attract carnivals and events to the area. The added benefits would enable the area to be put on the map for major sports events not to mention the massive economic benefits.

Leading the charge is Troy McKiernan, owner of Macleay Indoor Sport and Development Centre and a man passionate about lifting the profile of his town.

“This simply must happen,” he told The Macleay Argus.

“The economic benefit and image rebuilding that can be gained from holding carnivals in our area is enormous.

“We are perfectly situated geographically and possess some of the best and most workable sporting complexes in the state, but lack infrastructure, vision and planning which is what this Sporting Council aims to change.”

He pointed to Lismore as an example of the economic benefits sporting events can have for a small, country town.

“Lismore holds a 20-team cricket carnival every year and the flow on effect brings close to $1 million over five days,” he said.

Mr McKiernan, who is also involved with the senior and junior Macleay Valley Cricket Association, said sport plays a major role in our area. “They breed them tough on the Macleay, with the inbuilt resilience created from the hardship of life in a small town always evident and never more so than on the sporting stage,” he said

“Sport has always been the fabric that holds our community together and it is sport that can be the vehicle to help drive our community forward creating economic growth putting this great valley on the map for all the positives it deserves.

“Each year, the Macleay Valley produces amazing results on the sporting stage competing and beating much larger associations and zones on a regular basis and continually producing athletes of amazing ability regardless of the hurdles they face.

“Last year alone the area had 11 kids reach National level for Indoor Cricket with 4 going on to play for Australia, an Australian Schoolboy Rugby League Rep, boys gaining Sydney Swans scholarships, Australian representation in Futsal, various State reps in Swimming, Athletics, Netball, Rugby League, Motorcross, Surf Life Saving and the list goes on.”

A preliminary meeting will be held on February 19 at the Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club at 6pm. Members of all sporting bodies are encouraged to attend and put forward their ideas and visions.

This will be followed by a meeting on February 26, starting at 6pm at the Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club. Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Cricket NSW development officer Martin Garoni have committed to the meeting as well as several Kempsey Shire councillors.

“This could be the start of some major steps forward for our community,” McKiernan added

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