Grandstand is something to cheer about

A ceremonial turning of the sod for the new grandstand at the Guyra Sporting Complex with Armidale Regional Council Administrator Viv May, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Junior Rugby League President Gina Lockyer
21st Jul 2020
Janelle Stewart

In a year when no rugby league is being played at Guyra due to COVID-19, the start of construction of the all-weather grandstand at the Guyra Sporting Complex has given supporters something to cheer about. 2020 was looking promising for the game in Guyra, with the prospect of under 18s and an under 16s squad for the first time in many years, along with a strong turn-out in other grades.
Guyra Junior Rugby League President Gina Lockyer has been the driving force behind the project and joined Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall on Tuesday for a ceremonial turning of the first sod for the $120,000 project. Interim-Administrator of Armidale Regional Council Viv May was also on hand to inspect progress on the project.
Gina said the grandstand, which will provide covered seating for 300 spectators, was something positive the community could get behind.
“This grandstand is a real positive for the future of our game and signifies what both the senior and junior league committees are trying to achieve in making the ground all-inclusive and family-friendly.
“I believe this grandstand will make the venue appealing as a place which can host regional carnivals and events, boosting the profile of local sporting clubs looking to rebuild post-pandemic and injecting much-needed funds into our economy.
“During the planning process, our committee worked hard to ensure the build went to contractors from the Guyra and Armidale areas and are pleased to have been able to provide work to Rice Construction Group, CT Electrics, Ducat’s Earthmoving and Armidale City Signs.
“Weather permitting we anticipate the project will be complete by early September, and our plan is to officially open the grandstand in conjunction with the launch of the 2021 Rugby League season and the triumphant return of the Super Spuds.”
Mr Marshall said that for small towns like Guyra sport is the fuel which keeps community spirit burning.
“The completed grandstand will be a real game-changer for all user groups, providing spectators relief when the cold winter winds blow as well as protection from the sun in the middle of summer.”