State Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has today officially opened a new set of cricket nets at the Merewether District Cricket Club’s Townson Oval.


The nets have been named in honour of 96 year old life Member, Mr Bert Mullen, who has been a member of the club for almost 70 years.


Mr Mullen has held multiple roles on Club’s committee and dedicated his life to its success.

The Club has been working for many years to secure funding to upgrade the nets and experienced many hurdles along the way.


The project was made possible by a $15,000 grant presented by Mr Crakanthorp through the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program.

The grant provided by Mr Crakanthorp allowed the Club to deliver the upgraded facilities worth $45,000.


The Community Building Partnership program investing in infrastructure projects that deliver positive social, environmental and recreational outcomes, while promoting community participation, inclusion and cohesion.


Mr Crakanthorp will shortly announce the successful recipients for the 2018 Community Building Partnerships round.


Quotes attributable to Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp MP


“I am pleased to have been able to provide a Community Building Partnership grant that has enabled this collaboration to deliver much needed sports infrastructure for the Merewether and surrounding community.”


“The Merewether District Cricket Club has been working hard for many years to bring this project to fruition and I am pleased to have been able to assist in making it a reality.”


“One of the best parts of my job is helping out organisations who will deliver on projects that will benefit the Newcastle community.”


Quotes attributable to Ken Beckett, President of Merewether District Cricket Club


“We thank Mr Crakanthorp for the grant. Without these funds we would not have been able to deliver this project.”


“Not only did Mr Crakanthorp assist with the grant, he also helped with the negotiations to get the project over the line and delivered.”



Quotes attributable to Bert Mullen, Life member of Merewether District Cricket Club


“I am humbled to have this fantastic new facility named in my honour.”


“It is wonderful to see much needed sport infrastructure delivered for the Club.”

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