Macksville wins its local turf war

MACKSVILLE'S Thistle Park will not go under the hammer.

Bowing to public pressure, the field where Test star Phillip Hughes earned his stripes as a youngster has been withdrawn from auction by the State Government.

The proposed sale was expected to fetch $400,000.

The auction plan was shelved by Education Minister Verity Firth following increasing community protests about the plan described as “insane” in Macksville.

Without any forewarning, auction boards suddenly appeared on the Thistle Park turf last week.

The ground is the only cricketing facility in the shire.

The future of the Test opener's home ground will now be decided by Nambucca Shire Council after Ms Firth asked her department to reopen discussions about the use of the land.



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