On Saturday 1st June the Kremer Park Grandstand was officially opened to the public at a ceremony in Portland. In attendance were The Hon. Paul Toole MP Member for Bathurst, The Hon. Andrew Gee MP Member for Calare, Mayor Maree Statham, Councillors Stuart McGhie, Cass Coleman and Almudena Bryce, members of the Portland Men’s Shed and representatives of the Portland Colts Football Club.

Council was able to complete the refurbishments thanks to funding from the NSW Government. On the successful completion and opening of the Kremer Park Grandstand, The Minister for Regional NSW Tara Moriarty said the grandstand will be a valuable asset for the community.

“Facilities like this are the beating heart of our local sporting communities giving people a place to come together to train, play and boost community spirit,” Minister Moriarty said.

“This grandstand has been part of Portland’s history since the first half of last century and I look forward to seeing future generations create their own memories here.”

Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Maree Statham, said “This grandstand is an absolute win for the Portland community. Standing here today with the Portland Colts, it is clear to me that the grandstand plays a crucial role in the local sporting community, and I can’t wait to see them enjoy it.”

Mayor Statham also took the opportunity to highlight the proposal to rename the grandstand the Gary “Snag” Taylor Grandstand which was recently put forward for community consultation. Gary Taylor was a well-respected player, coach, sponsor, and supporter of the Portland Colts.  “Gary was an incredible role model for many of the footballers in Portland, and it would be a fitting tribute to honour him by naming the Grandstand after him.”

Members of the public can comment on the name change at The Councils website: www.ourplaceourfuture.lithgow.com

Submissions will be accepted from Saturday 1st June until Sunday 30th June.