After three years of sweat, toil and challenging work the Strathalbyn Football Club is pleased to announce the opening of their upgraded and extended clubroom building.
The facility will also be the home to the Strathalbyn Sub-branch of the RSL and some students from the Eastern Fleurieu School.
About $2.4 million has been spent on the project, which included grants from the Office of Sport and Recreation of $500,000, the Alexandrina Council supported the project with $400,000 the AFL chipped in with $100,0000 and the Federal Government chimed in with $30,000.
There were contributions of $500,000 from the Strathalbyn Branch of the RSL, who now have a new home in the new upstairs area, and loans from the Strathalbyn Football Club Membership base of about $400,000.
The remainder of the funds were from the club’s own reserves and specific fundraising and donations.
One successful campaign initiated by the club was the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign, where supporters could purchase a virtual ‘brick’ for $50 where the target was $50,000.
Former president of the Strathalbyn Football Club and a key driver through the process Andrew Batten said a huge portion of the project had been completed with “in-kind” work from local tradesmen, club members and players and this was matched with trade donations and goods supplied at cost.
“Much of what has been achieved cannot have a value placed on it, but suffice to say that the cost of the project would certainly have been a whole lot higher without these contributions,” Mr Batten said.
“Brenton Smith has led the building project from the start and has been fantastic.”
The building will be officially opened by Sport Minister Leon Bignell in the presence of other dignitaries, including Rebecca Sharkie as the local federal member of Mayo, Isobel Redmond Member for Heysen, mayor of the Alexandrina Council Keith Parkes, as well as the previous mayor Kym McHugh.
Local councilors Anne Woolford and Ben Brazalotto will also be in attendance and it is hoped a representative from the AFL will accompany the Great Southern Football League president Gordon Tonkin.
Mr Tonkin has gone on the record to say the Strathalbyn Football Club facility built in conjunction with the RSL is “the envy of the league”. “It a great accomplishment.”
The clubrooms will be open from 1.30pm on Sunday, November 12 with the official ceremony taking place about 2pm to 2.15pm when a plaque will be unveiled.