Strathalbyn Football Club opens its doors

PROUD MOMENT: Strathalbyn Football Club's Andrew Batten and Robbie Donaldson with Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes and CEO Glenn Rappensberg.
PROUD MOMENT: Strathalbyn Football Club's Andrew Batten and Robbie Donaldson with Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes and CEO Glenn Rappensberg.

The $2.2 million Strathalbyn Football/RSL Club facility was officially opened by State Minister for Sport and Recreation Leon Bignell on Sunday, November 12.

The building was completed due to a collaborative effort from state, federal and local government and also the RSL and football clubs.

Councillors James Stewart, Anne Woolford and Ben Brazzalotto with Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.

Councillors James Stewart, Anne Woolford and Ben Brazzalotto with Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie.

“It is an amazing facility. I was here on grand final day and this is a monument to all the volunteers and all those who have contributed to this project.”

In attendance were members of the Strathalbyn Football and RSL clubs, Federal Senator David Fawcett, Federal member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie, Alexandrina Council mayor Keith Parkes, CEO Glenn Rappensberg, councillors Anne Woolford, James Stewart and Ben Brazzelotto and Member for Heysen Isobel Redmond.

BUILDERS: Strathalbyn building co-ordinator Brenton Smith and Revolution Roofing's John Easling at the official opening of the facility.

BUILDERS: Strathalbyn building co-ordinator Brenton Smith and Revolution Roofing's John Easling at the official opening of the facility.

More than 200 people were present, as Mr Bignell spoke on the importance of the facility for a regional community. 

“It is an amazing facility. I was here on grand final day and this is a monument to all the volunteers and all those who have contributed to this project,” Mr Bignell said.

Councillor Woolford presented a personal hand made cross stitch caricature to the club.   

The new facilities took around three years to complete, and included grants from the Office of Sport and Recreation of $500,000, the Alexandrina Council with $400,000, AFL with $100,0000 and the Federal Government with $30,000.