Mariners get green light to swing for the fences

The Shoalhaven Mariners Baseball Association and local community will tomorrow celebrate the completion of the $22,655 Home Run Fencing project at Ison Park.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the project, formed part of the Coalition’s ongoing investment to deliver key community projects in regional Australia.

“This upgrade helps the Shoalhaven Mariners to host tournaments and visiting clubs from around the state, helping our region to thrive,” Minister Nash said.

“We aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either grow up in or come back to with their families, and providing improved sporting facilities is a great way to help achieve that.”

Federal Member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis, who will be joining the Mariners at their home ground tomorrow, said the project has been a success with local baseball enthusiasts already reaping the benefits of the improved fenced pitch and the game area.

“The upgrade included levelling the outfield area and installing a cyclone-mesh home run fence around the perimeter of the baseball field at Ison Park,” she said.

“This is a great example of the local community, local businesses and Government working together, with club members of the Shoalhaven Mariners Baseball Association laying the turf donated by local supplier Turfco,” said Mrs Sudmalis.

The project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($15,000) and the Shoalhaven Mariners Baseball Association ($7,655).