David Kingham wants his big KGO vision to start this year

Southern site: David Kingham wants to see the first of two new change rooms built at the southern end of the stands. Photo: Mark Logan.
Southern site: David Kingham wants to see the first of two new change rooms built at the southern end of the stands. Photo: Mark Logan.

Councillor David Kingham has long been a proponent of growing sporting activities for both men and women in the Blayney shire.

From the equestrian centre through to the sports awards, Cr Kingham has been a champion of developing projects and supporting those who take their physical activity very seriously.

For many years he has been pushing for new separate change rooms for women at King George Oval and recently that dream has come closer to reality thanks to a $750,000 Kicking Goals for Girls grant courtesy of the Australian Government's Building Better Regions Fund.

Blayney Shire Council will add $255,594 to the two year project taking the total value to $1,055,594.

Cr Kingham has no qualms whatsoever regarding the design or cost of the project, but he does have some about the building schedule.

"The money for the project is coming in two tranches, this year and next year," he said.

"Staff at council have decided to wait until spring of next year when they have all the money, before they begin work.

"I don't think that that's kicking goals for girls and that we should look at commencing the southern change rooms first, in time for the 2021 football season."

Cr Kingham said that access to the site wouldn't interrupt any sports at all if construction were to commence later this year.

"Those change rooms could be home and away, girls only rooms until the other ones are built later in 2021," he said.

However mayor Scott Ferguson said that duplication would inevitably end up more expensive.

"It will be a lot more productive to build it all at once," he said.

"Fragmenting a build like that means doubling up the services, ground works and issues such as that.

"We just have to be a little bit patient and make sure that the build doesn't disturb next season's sports."

Cr Kingham wants council to put the project to the market and see what comes of it.

"Lets put the tender out now. There may be a contractor out there that is willing to look at building one before the other," he said.

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