In partnership with Cricket NSW, Goulburn Mulwaree Council welcomes the return of representative cricket to regional NSW, as Goulburn plays host to the 2020 Cricket NSW McDonald's Country Championships - Southern Pool.
The event was secured under the Council's Event Development Funding Policy and its focus on attracting, delivering, staging and promoting a broad range of sporting events.
Council's Mayor, Bob Kirk said he is excited to welcome the event back to Goulburn after hosting the Championships in 2019.
"This event certainly furthers the City's reputation as a premier sporting destination in New South Wales," Cr Kirk said.
"Events like these are a huge boost for our region, not only in allowing our players to enjoy competing at a high level at home, but also as a benefit to our economy.
"Council is investing significantly in a number of capital works projects at the moment, and I am pleased to note that the Seiffert Oval Grandstand refurbishment has been completed in time for the McDonald's Country Championships."
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon said he was delighted that the Goulburn Mulwaree Council will host the Southern Pool of the Men's NSW McDonald's Country Championships.
"This will be the first representative cricket event staged in regional NSW, highlighting a growing optimism that life and sport are beginning to return to normal despite the global coronavirus pandemic," Mr Germon said.
"Cricket is part of the fabric of our nation and our state so to have the best cricketers from right across southern NSW coming together to play these Championships is a cause for celebration.
"It will be great for the local Goulburn District Cricket Association Woolworths Cricket Blast, Junior and Senior cricketers to see high level country cricketers in their own back yard.
"Teams from Riverina, Western, Greater Illawarra and ACT Southern Districts will compete, bringing significant economic activity to the Goulburn region.
"Cricket NSW would particularly like to thank the Goulburn Mulwaree Council for their encouragement and support staging this significant regional tournament and for their work to make it a COVID safe event."
The Championship carnival will see some of the southern region's best cricketers battle it out in a number of feature matches.
Goulburn Cricket Association's Groundsman, Bob Smith, will also be presented with his Cricket NSW's Best Country Groundsman of the Year Award for his work at Seiffert Oval.
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