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MULTI-USE JUBILEE OVAL A POSITIVE

R2K Comment: The below press release confirms the involvement of soccer at Jubilee Oval. The decision by the Soccer Dragons to play a number of their home games at Kogarah can only be a positive for the venue. There are also rumours that the Southern Districts Rebels will play their feature rugby union matches at Jubilee. This is in keeping with the idea that it is beneficial for Jubilee Oval to be a multi-use venue.

Mark Coyne, in an R2K website interview from April 2002 stated, "I would be looking at coming up with a facility that would cater for more than rugby league, eg. youth programs, soccer, rugby, etc. The more shareholders the greater the distribution of costs and the more people supporting it."

R2K encourages all supporters to attend the match against the Northern Spirit and enjoy the Jubilee experience from another perspective.

PRESS RELEASE - SOCCER DRAGONS

The game of soccer has stepped up to the penalty box and kicked a goal to help the revamped Kogarah Oval.

The Dragons, formerly the Fraser Park Jets, have agreed to play a number of their home games in this year’s NSW statewide Super League at Kogarah – starting with a trial against Northern Spirit, February 22nd.

Up until now St George Illawarra fans have usually had to adopt a soccer team that not only plays outside their area, but probably outside the country.

In order to give league fans a “risk-free” taste, the soccer Dragons will give all Red V Members free general admission.

Corporate seating is also available from only $40 per person, which includes food, drinks and a reserved seat in the upper deck of the grandstand, arguably one of the best vantage point to watch any sport from in Sydney.

For every seat in the Corporate Seat sold to a Red Vmember, the soccer Dragons will donate $5 to the Kogarah Community Appeal Fund .

The Dragons play Northern Spirit Saturday 22nd February at Kogarah Oval.

Tickets can be purchased from TIMBERLINE Quality Furniture 354 Railway Pde Carlton. Ph 95887055

Kick off
19’s at 12:45pm
21’s at 2:45pm
1st Grade at 4:45pm

Further information contact:

Ian Baddock on 0412298737 or email ieb@optusnet.com.au

Hon. Publicity Officer: Tony Peterson
tony@copycentral.com.au

Appeal From Great Saint - Jeff Hardy

DRAGONS ALL STARS VS USA TOMAHAWKS

To All Dragons Supporters,

On behalf of many former Dragons players, I'd like to say how great it will be to see as many fans as possible turn up to Kogarah on Wednesday the 12th of February for this game. This game has a significant meaning to all St George people, both past and present. The main reasons for this game are:

  • To support the Joanne Mackay Helping Hand Foundation. This Foundation has been set up to raise money to help individuals diagnosed with breast cancer to best live their lives. I'm sure most are aware that Joanne passed away last year with breast cancer, and as former players, we feel that this is an opportunity for all of us to show support to both Brad and his young family in the endeavour they have ahead of them.

  • We are finally going back to Kogarah in 2003! This game will let us all relive past great memories of this historic home ground of the Dragons, and to wet the fans appetites of things to come in the years ahead.

  • Former St George and Illawarra players will pull on the mighty red and white jumper one more time. We may not be as fast or nimble as before, but we are all still as passionate as ever to get together and play as a team like the good old days.

  • Many old friends and fans involved with the club over the years will be able to reunite for such a good cause. It will be great to see some old faces that were in our lives week in week out throughout our careers.

  • This game will also support Rugby League in the USA. David Niu, a former Dragon, has done an incredible job in developing our great game in foreign territory. It gives him a chance to display his work with the Tomahawks and to return to a ground that he played on with both St George and James Cook Boys High School. Entry to the game will be $5 for adults and $2 for all children. During the game we will be raffling a St George jumper signed by the players present on the day. Tickets will be $5 each or 3 for $10, and will be able to be purchased at the turnstiles as you walk in. This raffle will be drawn at the club after the game.

After the game, we would like to invite all supporters back to the Premiers Lounge at St George Leagues Club. The players will have a feed together at the club (in the Heritage room) and will then join all supporters downstairs for drinks and entertainment. There will be a players presentation and many old stories to talk about.

So many old faces are going to be there on the night. We have Brian Smith coming to make a guest appearance as Coach, Nathan Brown will be running the water for the last time since his career change, ref of the '92 grand final Greg McCallum will be helping out on the day, and many more.

Players confirmed for the Saints team, along with Brad Mackay include: Mark Coyne, Scott Gourley, David Barnhill, Mick Potter, Rod Wishart, Ricky Walford, Paul McGregor, Ian Herron, Graeme Wynn, Mark Bell, Graeme Bradley. I've also spoken with Choc Mundine and he has told me he could possibly make an appearance. He has a fight this Saturday night and is then off to Vegas, but he assures me he will make every effort to be there and PLAY! Lord Ted Goodwin will also be there and will act as the referee. The current squad of St.George-Illawarra players will be attending the night as well.

Many other old faces will be making an appearance on the night, including some of the legends of Saints. Please forward this on to as many fans as you know, the more we have at the game, the more money we can raise to help breast cancer, and the more fun we can have on the night!

Look forward to seeing you all there,

Jeffro Hardy
now Jeffro with NO afro and a gimpy leg, but hey, I will still be singing "Oh When The Saints"!!!

ALL-STAR DRAGONS TO MEET THE TOMAHAWKS

USA TomahawksKogarah’s Jubilee Oval will host its first game of the 2003 season when the Dragons All-Stars meet the USA Tomahawks on Wednesday, the 12th of February (6.00pm kick-off).

The Dragons and the Tomahawks are playing for the ‘Joanne Mackay Helping Hand Cup’ which will raise funds for Brad Mackay’s family following the passing of Joanne Mackay in July last year.

Along with Brad Mackay, the Dragons All-Stars will include Mark Coyne, Ricky Walford, Scott Gourley, Jeff Hardy, Peter Gill, Shane Kelly and Wayne Collins. Brian Smith will return to Kogarah as the coach and will also run the water. The USA side includes former Saint David Niu who is the Chief Executive of the American National Rugby League.

David NiuThe ‘Joanne Mackay Helping Hand Cup’ is likely to become an annual fixture at Kogarah in order to help fund breast cancer research. Admission to the 12th of February match is 5 dollars for adults and 2 dollars for children.

 

 

 

Former Saint David Niu

Jubilee Funding Update

The Jubilee Oval Community Appeal (JOCA) was officially launched today (10 December, 2002) at Kogarah’s Jubilee Oval. Attendees included Cherie Burton (State Member for Kogarah), Robert Stone, Peter Doust, Danny Robinson, Jim Taylor (Kogarah Mayor) and Frank Bates (Jubilee Fundraising Manager).

Bates has been set the goal of raising up to $1.85 million dollars for Stage One of the Jubilee upgrade. While part of the $1.85 million can include building materials donated by building supply corporations, the majority needs to be a straight cash input. Bates described the task of raising $1.85 million dollars in a limited timeframe as ‘...rather daunting, but not impossible, when you are working for a sporting community with so much pride and tradition.’

The naming rights to Jubilee Oval can be secured by a corporation who is willing to enter into a ten year contract. JOCA confirmed that ‘The sponsorship will include exclusive ground name association with all events - external and internal ground, grandstand, scoreboard and fence signage - advertising - hospitality - and major network opportunities.’

JOCA has selected the following St.George legends as the patrons of the appeal:

John Raper, Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands, Nathan Brown, Lance Thompson and Mark Gasnier.

Any donation of $50 or more to JOCA will receive a personalised certificate with the profiles of the six patrons embossed in gold and autographed.

The first special fundraising event occurs this weekend, Saturday the 14th of December. The St. George-Illawarra Dragons will make an appearance between 4:30 and 5:00 pm at the ‘Hurstville Spirit Festival’ which is taking place at Forest Road, Hurstville. The Dragons will be on the main stage and there will be an autograph session afterwards. JOCA merchandise will be available on the day.

In other news, Kogarah Council have reported that the St.George Leagues Club have increased their contribution towards the Jubilee Oval upgrade from $50,000 to $400,000. Initially the St.George Leagues Club agreed to contribute $50,000 towards the costs of $400,000 with the remaining $350,000 to be supplied by Council or Councils over a suitable period of time.

Significantly, the status of the Jubilee Oval grant application has changed. Kogarah Council had originally applied for a $400,000 grant under the Regional Sports Facility Program with the Department of Sport & Recreation. After some complications with the original application, a second application was lodged with the Premiers Department Major Venues Cabinet Sub-Committee for a grant of $800,000. An announcement is expected at the end of this week on whether or not the application has been successful.

Finally, Kogarah Council have recognised that ‘...extenuating circumstances exist in regard to the proposed contract for construction works at Kogarah Jubilee Oval‘. Due to a tight timeframe, Council have delegated authority to the General Manager to finalise quotations and appoint a contractor to carry out the construction works. Authority has also been delegated to the Director of Development and Health to determine the Development Application for Jubilee Oval. The NSW Department Of Land and Water Conservation have granted owners consent which enables Kogarah Council to lodge the Development Application which will be notified and assessed over the next 3 to 4 weeks.

VICTORY DAY FOR R2K

The Saints have marched back to Kogarah!

St. George-Illawarra announced this afternoon (05/09/2002) that the Dragons are returning to Kogarah for five home games in 2003.

A 2pm press conference was held at Jubilee Oval which confirmed the long
awaited return. In attendance were Dragons' officials Robert Stone and Peter
Doust who made the announcement. Also in attendance from the Club were Immortal Johnny Raper, coach Andrew Farrar, Trent Barrett, Mark Gasnier and Lance Thompson.

There are a number of people who deserve credit for this decision. Kogarah Mayor Jim Taylor has shown great leadership by his stance on Jubilee Oval and is largely responsible for the momentum that has been gained over the last few months.

Robert Stone from the St. George DRLFC has obviously put in many long hours into the Jubilee return and for that he should be congratulated. The St. George Leagues Club has also made the correct decision in agreeing to underwrite the grant application.

The St. George-Illawarra supporters also deserve recognition for keeping a return to Kogarah on the agenda. Well done to the supporters who attended the first R2K rally in July 2000, the Information Night in March this year and the R2K Immortals Dinner.

As R2K President, I would like to thank my fellow committee members who have
continually put 100% into a return to Kogarah:

John Ormsby, Fay Samuel, Zoran Mitrevski, Tristan Burg, Adrian Wright, Dragan Blazevic, Melina Lathouras and Chris Dickson.

There are also a host of other supporters who have contributed to the
campaign and they are too numerous to mention. A special mention must be
made of Nick Stojanovski who has been overseas in 2002 but was responsible for initiating the first R2K rally in July 2000.

The R2K group will now work to ensure that the Dragons never repeat the
mistakes of 1986 & 2000. Now we have a return to Kogarah, let's ensure that 50% of home games are retained at Kogarah.

The battle has been won. Bring on 2003 and bring it on quickly!

Lachlan McLean - R2K

Kogarah Council establishes a ‘Dragons at Kogarah’ Fund and appoints Fundraising Officer

A 'Dragons at Kogarah' fund has recently been opened through St. George Bank
Ltd
by Kogarah Council. The fund is for the maintenance and improvement of
Jubilee Oval. Kogarah Council, the Club and R2K hope that Dragons’ fans will
throw their support behind the Kogarah Fund. R2K will keep you updated on
fundraising initiatives that will help support the fund. In the meantime, should you wish to make a donation, simply drop into any branch of St. George Bank Ltd. The BSB is 112-879 and the account number is 126 026 450.

Kogarah Council have also appointed Frank Bates as their Fundraising Officer
for Jubilee Oval. Bates is a long term St. George resident and an experienced
fundraiser for sporting and community projects. R2K congratulates Frank
Bates on his appointment and wishes him every success with this important
position.

Kogarah Council endorses grant application

This evening (9/9/02), Kogarah Council endorsed the lodgement of the Jubilee Oval grant application. The application is for a $400,000 grant under the Regional Sports Facility Program with the Department of Sport & Recreation.

Kogarah Council recognised the commitment of the St. George Leagues Club in guaranteeing the matching funds. Kogarah Council also endorsed action to commence the Public Fundraising Appeal to bring the Dragons back to Kogarah Oval, and allocated $20,000 from unrestricted working funds towards the Events/Sponsorship Co-ordinator position.

As tipped by R2K following the previous Council meeting, Councillor Gainsford* was the only Councillor to vote against the lodgement of the grant application.

In his Late Mayoral Report, Councillor Taylor stated:

"Kogarah Council has to continue to demonstrate leadership within the St. George Region. Clearly, the St. George-Illawarra Dragons are the most significant and recognisable cultural and sporting identity in the area, and it is imperative that Council play its role in assisting their return."

The following was also reported at the meeting:

Hurstville City Council discussed the Jubilee funding issue at the Council
meeting on 4 September but deferred the matter. Hurstville City Council is yet to make any financial commitment to the upgrading or renewal of Kogarah Jubilee to support the return of the Dragons to Kogarah at this time.

Rockdale City Council considered the Jubilee funding issue via a Mayoral
Minute dated 28 August 2002. The Mayoral Minute indicated that Rockdale City Council would consider the matter in conjunction with the 2003/2004 budget estimates. The resolution adopted by Council supported the appointment of the part-time Events Manager ($7,000) to coordinate activities relating to the return of the Dragons to Kogarah. No financial commitment to the upgrading or renewal of Kogarah Jubilee has been made at this time.

St.George Leagues Club have forwarded a letter** to Kogarah Council confirming they will guarantee the $400,000 necessary to match the dollar for dollar grant application to the State Government. The Leagues Club has made an initial commitment of $50,000 and has also agreed to support any Public Fundraising activity organised by Council.

As Kogarah Council have endorsed the grant application, the "Bring The Dragons Back To Kogarah Jubilee Oval Appeal" will commence immediately. An application has been lodged with the Department of Gaming & Racing for a Licence to establish the Public Fundraising appeal. The St. George Bank have been approached to "have an account established that would enable donations from the community to be deposited in any St. George Bank branch, for duration of the appeal." The St. George Leader have advised that they will assist Kogarah Council in promoting the appeal and all funds raised will be held in trust and used to upgrade Kogarah Jubilee Oval.

In relation to the appeal, Councillor Taylor added:

“This is a great opportunity for all supporters of the Dragons to demonstrate their support in bringing the Dragons back home. This will need to be a team effort with Kogarah Council, St.George-Illawarra Football Club***, St. George Leagues Club, State Government, Local Business and the St.George Community and grass roots supporters from all over Australia, working towards the goal of raising the funds to bring the Dragons back.”

* Click here for a profile of Councillor Gainsford and her Kogarah Council priority issues.

** The Kogarah Mayor sought clarification in regard to point 2 of the
Leagues Club letter. ("St.George Leagues Club to contribute $50,000 towards the costs of $400,000 with the remaining $350,000 to be supplied by Council or Councils over a suitable period of time.") Councillor Taylor wrote, “With no financial commitment from Hurstville and Rockdale Councils, Kogarah Council will need to discuss and clarify how any shortfall between the Public Fundraising effort and the amount needed to match the grant application is finally determined. The St. George Leagues Club has agreed to have further discussions on this matter and do not see this as an impediment to supporting Kogarah’s application.”

*** The St. George-Illawarra website has been updated with audio from the media launch where the Dragons announced the return to Kogarah. Click here to see the vision.

Next 2 weeks critical

As part of the regular Council meeting, (26th August, 2002) Kogarah Council received a Mayoral report to update Councillors on the progress of the return of the Dragons to Jubilee Oval.

Kogarah Council endorsed in principle a Public Fund Raising Appeal. The Appeal would be "seeking donations towards the improvement to Kogarah Jubilee Oval so that preliminary work can commence in
preparation for such an appeal, if Council endorses the submission of the grant application at its meeting to be held on 9 September 2002."

A further report will be submitted to Council at the meeting to be held on the 9th of September which will provide "full details of the positions of Hurstville Council, Rockdale Council and St George
Leagues Club in relation to the Regional Sports Facility Program Grant prior to the grant application being lodged."

Mayor Jim Taylor confirmed that he had met with the St. George - Illawarra Dragons, Channel 9, Foxtel and the NRL's Grahame Annesley and John Brady at Jubilee Oval to conduct an inspection of
the ground.

An inspection of the ground, grandstand and other facilities was undertaken and a list of necessary improvements was compiled.

While the list is yet to be reviewed and the costing of the projects has not been finalised, it is expected that the total cost will fall between $700,000 and $800,000.

Mayor Taylor stated that there was an opportunity to apply for a Regional Sports Facility Program Grant through the Department of Sport & Recreation.

The highest grant that can be applied for is $400,000. Mayor Taylor confirmed :

"...the terms of any successful grant application is that the funds have to be matched on a dollar for dollar basis. In reviewing the criteria required for a grant, verification is required that the funds are available to commence and complete the project."

A Mayoral report on the Joint St. George Councils Meeting was also received. At this joint-Council meeting, the return of the Dragons to Jubilee Oval was recognised as a project worthy of regional support.

It was agreed that the Mayors of Hurstville & Rockdale would seek financial support from their Councils and advise Kogarah Council of the outcomes of those decisions by Thursday, the 29th of August. However, funding may not be available until the 2003/2004 financial
year.

Mayor Taylor added :

"It is then proposed that the Mayors will then meet with the CEO of St George Leagues Club to discuss funding support for the project and also a guarantee of matching the total grant funds so as to enable the grant application to be lodged. This would enable Councils to commit now but allocate money in next years budget. It would also enable a public fund raising appeal to move forward in the next few months to assist in raising the funds necessary to match the grant funding. If these issues can be resolved satisfactorily then the grant application can be lodged."

The Mayor called for a "Bring the Dragons Back to Kogarah Oval" appeal to be launched and co-ordinated by Kogarah Council. The objective of the appeal would be to "raise funds from the
community that would be specifically directed to ground improvements
necessary to enable the Dragons to return to Kogarah and would therefore assist in matching the grant funding if successful."

If Kogarah Council proceeds with the grant application, there will be recommendations made for the establishment of a Steering Committee to

co-ordinate the fundraising. The Steering Committee is likely to be comprised of Kogarah Council, the Rockdale Mayor, the Hurstville Mayor, the Dragons and some Local State Members such as Cherie
Burton.

The grant application has to be lodged by September the 11th, 2002. There are still a number of critical matters that need to be resolved before the grant application can be lodged. The critical Council meeting for the grant application is September the 9th, 2002.

At this meeting, Mayor Taylor expects to be able to "provide Council with the full details of the outcomes with Rockdale and Hurstville Councils and the meeting with the St George Leagues Club."

JUBILEE OVAL
Draft Scope of Improvements

Parking & Landscaping & Field

  1. Create hardstand area for outside broadcast control units. Area:
    20x25m
  2. Reconstruct kerb, driveway and retaining walls to allow access for 2 semi-trailer units.
  3. Upgrade power supply to provide
    • Cutler Hammer DS63 outlets x 3 or
    • Wilco 5 pin 3 phase (50amp) x 3
  4. Improve cabling run to allow re/de-rigging to occur without the
    obstruction from match crowds
  5. Increase toilet and kiosk facilities at the `Hill'.
  6. Upgrade to entry
  7. Landscape improvements to perimeter of facility.

Media

  1. Enlarge main camera position to accommodate 3 cameras, at correct
    height and allow for manoeuvring and interview space behind. It is preferred if these cameras can be located on the half way line to
    preserve the perspective.
  2. Roof camera - construction of access and walkway to OH&S requirements.
  3. Field cameras - alterations to boundary fence to allow space for
    cameras at `dead ball lines'
  4. Enlargement of commentary box to allow for 4 commentators, TV
    producer, Associate Producer and statistician. Alterations to floor
    height to provide a clear view of the whole ground above the spectators.
  5. Air-conditioning or natural ventilation to the commentary box.
  6. Upgrade radio commentary boxes.
  7. Cable access, power and provision for point of view cameras in each dressing room.
  8. Installation of access hatches to allow day cabling to enter the building.
  9. Media room with interview facilities adjacent change rooms.

Grandstand

  1. Upgrade balustrades to meet the current BCA requirements
  2. Adjust and refurbish corporate boxes. Provide air-conditioning or natural ventilation to boxes.
  3. Provide additional Male & Female Toilets for corporate boxes.
  4. New corporate boxes to be provided to lower seating tier.
  5. Demolish existing kiosk, commentators box and toilets to south of stadium. Install new seating and large concrete platform for the
    installation of marques.
  6. Hoist for food delivery from Kiosk and kitchen to Corporate boxes.

To be installed in shaft adjacent fire stair.

Services Upgrade

  1. Upgrade lighting and electrical to meet current Australian
    Standards and BCA
  2. Upgrade communications including installation of Fibre Optic connection for media.

NOTE: This list of improvements does not include repairs and maintenance work to the existing facilities.

R2K interviews Kogarah Mayor Jim Taylor

Jim TaylorHow would you describe the public response to Kogarah Council's unanimous decision to support the return of the Dragons to Jubilee Oval in 2003?

In a word overwhelming, I have had many phone calls, notes and face to face comments, all of them so very positive and expectant of the day the Dragons come home.

Kogarah Council has often been painted as the villain by the mainstream media in relation to Jubilee Oval. Are you glad that this theory has been completely dismissed over the past week?
Unfortunately Council has been painted as the villain in the piece. Uninformed comments by the media, both electronic and paper, leaves me wondering is there some hidden agenda in there to support what has become rugby league for the corporate dollar rather than entertainment for the grass roots supporters. I know and you know that the dyed in the wool Dragon
supporter wants to stand on the hill and watch the game.

What sort of maintenance work will be done to Jubilee Oval with the funds allocated from Kogarah Council and the Club?
The monies to be spent on maintenance will be on the grandstand. Little if any money has been spent there since the stand opened in 1990 and a report commissioned by Council has pointed out some work that must be done immediately. The stand is not however condemned, as one "commentator" has stated.

What's your favourite memory of the Dragons playing at Kogarah?
After watching my Dragons for so many years I have a treasure chest of memories. I well recall Changa's first game and marvelling at the prodigious sidestep. Ken "Killer" Kearney strutting around the field training and educating the youngsters and turning many of them into champions. Sticks Provan, Bluey Wilson, Gaz with his swerve and speed, Harry Bath as a player
and coach. Don't start me, I could go on for ages.

Do you believe that the R2K movement and Dragon Army have played a positive role in keeping the return to Kogarah issue on the agenda?
Yes, of course the R2K movement has had an impact on keeping "The Return" to the fore. It must have been difficult at times for the group but hopefully the effort will soon pay off.

Kogarah Council recently opened a 224 space car park in Derby Street, Kogarah? Will supporters be able to utilise this when the Dragons return to Kogarah?
Yes, Council's car park off Derby St will be available to the public on football days. It will in fact be free on weekends. There are also other car parking facilities available within a five or six minutes walk to the
ground.

What is Kogarah Council's long-term vision for Jubilee Oval and how do you plan to fulfil this?
This is my long term vision, not Kogarah Councils. I want to see a quality, boutique ground capable of holding 18 to 20 thousand fans in comfort. I would like to see a stand on the eastern side with community facilities under it. Perhaps we can fulfil this vision by first getting back to Jubilee and then beginning a process that will convince decision makers with money of its merit.

R2K's BIG NIGHT

R2K (Return to Kogarah) hosted the Immortals dinner on Friday night at the Novotel Brighton. Attendees experienced a very enjoyable dinner and auction with Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and Johnny Raper.

R2K was very honoured to have the Immortals in attendance. They threw their full support behind the Dragons returning to Jubilee Oval.

The Master of Ceremonies was Andy Paschilidis, while Mark Coyne was a special guest speaker.

Other special guests included Jim Taylor (Kogarah Mayor), Cherie Burton (State Member for Kogarah), Shaoquett Moselmane (Rockdale Mayor), Vince Badalati (Hurstville Mayor), Malcolm Kerr (State Member for Cronulla) and Dick Caine.

R2K's Lachlan McLean congratulated Kogarah Council on their unanimous support and encouraged Kogarah Council to establish a Trust fund for the maintenance and improvement of Jubilee Oval.

McLean stated, "We advocate that this Fund be established and held in trust by Kogarah Council. This would provide a good opportunity for supporters to contribute to a future for the Dragons at Kogarah and for the St. George Leagues Club to match every dollar contributed by supporters."

McLean also congratulated Robert Stone for working closely with Kogarah Council and the NRL :
"Robert has always maintained a consistent approach on the Dragons returning to Kogarah and it would be a good thing if more Rugby League administrators possessed the qualities of Robert."
R2K would like to thank Anthony Mundine for the 10 ringside tickets he donated to R2K for the auction. Choc is a true St. George man and R2K recognises this as a marvellous gesture. The Immortals should also be applauded for their donation to R2K.

R2K will now look to assist Kogarah Council with the fundraising activities that Jim Taylor mentioned in his speech. These activities will assist with the ongoing campaign to have St. George Illawarra returned to Kogarah Jubilee Oval for 50% of their home games.

R2K IMMORTALS DINNER

R2K (Return to Kogarah) cordially invites you to a dinner and auction with Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and John Raper at 7:30pm Friday 23 August.

The dinner will be held in the Endeavour Ballroom at the Novotel Brighton, Grand Parade Brighton-le-Sands.

St. George great Mark Coyne will be special guest speaker and ABC TV's Tony Squires will be special guest MC for the night.

Cost for the night is $100.00 per head which includes a two course meal and drinks.

All proceeds from the night will go toward R2K's ongoing campaign to have St. George Illawarra returned to Kogarah Jubilee Oval for 50% of games.

To book your seats for this event, please call 0402 816 697, fax 02 6295 8243, email returntokogarah@optusnet.com.au or send a cheque payable to R2K-Return to Kogarah to PO Box 765, Kogarah NSW 1485.

R2K looks forward to your company for what will be a very special night.

KOGARAH COUNCIL BACKS JUBILEE RETURN

29 Jul 2002 - The Mayor of Kogarah, Cr Jim Taylor, has recommended a maintenance program for Kogarah Jubilee Oval which will give the Dragons an opportunity to return for the 2003 season.

Councillor Jim Taylor made the following recommendation at the July 22 Council meeting:

"That Council endorse the proposed maintenance program that will ensure that Kogarah Jubilee Oval is maintained to an acceptable standard as a community asset and is in readiness for use by the St. George-Illawarra Dragons in 2003 if they decide to return to Kogarah."

The Mayor added, "It's time to bring the Dragons back to Kogarah, it's time that the Kogarah residents and the St. George Community had their football team back playing at their local ground.

Kogarah Jubilee Oval has been the home for the Dragons for the last 50 years, I urge you to support my Mayoral Minute, that will be the first major step in ensuring the Dragons have the option to return home in 2003 and remain at Kogarah for the next 50 years."

The Mayoral report indicates that the maintenance program has been "formulated initially on the basis of what essential work would need to be carried out to ensure the Oval was available to be used by St. George-Illawarra in the 2003 season."

Kogarah Council closely examined the Consulting Engineers' report of the grandstand and an agreement was reached with the Club on each parties responsibilities for maintenance to be completed in Year 1 of the Maintenance program.

The Mayoral report further states:

"A fully scheduled maintenance program is to be prepared over the next month for year 2004 to the end of the lease (2011) following a detailed approach of those outstanding items listed in the Consulting Engineers report. The estimated cost of the work for Council totals $73,000 while St.George-Illawarra Dragons will incur estimated costs of $45,000 in the first year."

Cr Taylor advised his fellow Councillors that over the last 5 years Council has received lease income for Kogarah Jubilee Oval of $304,000. During the same period, expenditure on the grandstand was $26,000, while $142,000 was spent on the Oval and surrounding areas. Prior to the 5 year period, no significant maintenance works were carried out.

The Mayor finished his report with the following statement:

"Kogarah Jubilee Oval is a community asset that belongs to our community. We have an obligation to ensure that the asset is maintained to an acceptable standard, and does not pose a public risk to those who use it, now or in the future."

Following the Kogarah Council announcement, St.George-Illawarra provided their ‘Red V’ members with the following update:

  • On Thursday 25 July 2002, through the support of Cherie Burton, Kevin Greene and George Thompson - NSW State Parliament representatives for Kogarah, Hurstville and Rockdale, respectively, representatives from St George Leagues Club and the St George Illawarra Dragons met with Mr Morris Iemma, Minister for Sport and Recreation, when Mr Iemma encouraged an application for Grant Funds to support the next stages of the improvement at Kogarah Oval.”
  • The NRL received Mr Robert Stone and Mr Peter Doust, positively on Friday 26 July 2002, by stating they were willing to help the Club with their endeavours. They advised there were some "must haves":

    • Adequate player and coaching facilities
    • Adequate video ref and referee facilities
    • Adequate medical facilities

Generally, Health and Safety Standards for the patrons would have to be met.

The Club and the NRL agreed to undertake a review on site over the next few weeks.

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