State Member for Wollondilly, Nathaniel Smith has helped welcome the combining of two sporting clubs.
Macarthur FC Limited welcomed the Oakdale Workers Sporting and Recreation Club Limited to the Macarthur FC family.
The club will formally change its name to Macarthur FC Sport and Recreation Club Limited trading as "Oakdale Workers".
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Macarthur FC acknowledged and will continue the history and the importance the Workers Club has to the region, especially the town of Oakdale.
Oakdale Workers Club was initially formed on the November, 13 1953, with the original building located east of the present site in bushland near the corner of Acacia Avenue.
The club has been a focal meeting point for the Oakdale community since opening its doors, providing local mining families a great social venue to meet.
In more recent times, the club and Oakdale community have suffered a series of setbacks, including the Green Wattle Creek bush fire in December last year, the destruction of Burragorang Road from flooding in February and crippling restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Macarthur FC Chairman, Gino Marra, said local clubs are the lifeblood of communities, and it is fantastic to see the Oakdale Workers name continue to serve the area.
"When we received the call from Nathaniel Smith (State Member for Wollondilly), alerting us to the situation with the club, we were more than happy to jump in and help," Marra said.
"Planning and community consultation will be beginning shortly on upgrading the club, parking areas and associated sporting facilities.
"It is important for us that The Oakdale Rugby League name and club will remain, as will the Oakdale Men's Shed.
"We also have plans to introduce other sports to the club, giving local children more opportunity to represent their region."
Members and guests to Oakdale Workers can look forward to a band new restaurant and dining and café area.
The new board for the club consists of:
- Gino Marra - President,
- Roy Mammone - Vice President
- Natalie Matich - Treasurer
- Carmella Galasso
- Shaun Grimston
- Kelle Broadhead
"I'd like to welcome the board to the club. I know for Kelle and her family, this club holds significant importance, with her grandfather, Bill Perkins, one of the founding members of the club." Marra said.
"Our region has always had proud, rich history and the Oakdale Workers Club epitomize that.
"We, as a club will set out to keep the clubs service to the local community on going for many years to come."
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