Labour of love for Rangers

THEY started turning up around 4.30pm at Popondetta Park at Emerton on Friday.

They'd brought drills, hammers, spanners and all the gear.

By nightfall, they'd installed 400 seats in tiered rows. They had installed 600 the previous Friday: now the job was finished.

Mt Druitt Town Rangers have a new grandstand, and the politicians were there on Sunday to do the honours: official recognition of a labour of love.

"Like a little rainbow landing on Popondetta," Town Rangers secretary Scott Payer had said of the news that lobbed in last April.

The state government had approved an application for a $138,000 grant for work — the full amount asked for.

"We were ready for the scrap heap; we would have lost players from our own backyard," Payer said of prospects without the grant.

Rangers had to meet facilities requirements to remain one of the 24 clubs in the premier league.

Grant application successful, there was liaison with Blacktown Council, building approvals, health and building overseeings.

Popondetta Park was where the club's tradies went.

"It's like a Meccano set, just like Ikea," Parer said of installing the seats.

"The last seats were delivered on Friday."

Before that, there had been seat extensions to the existing grandstand, additional covering, and concreting.

It's all fitting together for Rangers now.

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