After years of campaigning, Member for Oatley Mark Coure welcomed $300,000 in NSW Government funding for the construction of a new synthetic sports field at Peakhurst Park.
Mr Coure said the new multi-purpose all weather field will expand the range of sport and recreation activities at Peakhurst Park and benefit local football clubs, schools and community groups.
“I’m delighted our Government has been able to partner with Georges River Council to deliver this much-needed project that will be a great asset for our community for decades to come,” Mr Coure said.
“I have campaigned for this funding for several years and would like to thank everyone in the community who signed my petition to make our dream of a synthetic sports field in the St George area become a reality.
“The field will feature a FIFA standard surface, perimeter fencing and new lighting. It will meet national standards and cater for local and representative level football.”
Craig Kiely, General Manager of St George Football Association said, that on behalf of the Board of Directors, 23 member Clubs and the 10,000 active participants, he welcomes today’s announcement for funding towards the first synthetic field in the Georges River LGA.
“This facility will provide an enormous benefit to our local football community and allows access for kids and adults of all ages and abilities all year round,” Mr Kiely said.
Minister for Racing Paul Toole said the project is funded through the Clubgrants Category 3 infrastructure grants program. “Over $50 million in Clubgrants infrastructure funding is being provided in the current term of government for projects across sport and recreation, emergency preparedness, and arts and culture,” Mr Toole said.
“These grants are funded through a rebate on the state’s registered clubs’ gaming machines to reinvest profits back into community projects.”
Mr Toole said the NSW Government is pleased to provide this funding to help more people experience the many benefits of taking part in sport and leisure activities including improved fitness and well-being and greater social interaction.
“We improved the program in 2017 by giving community organisations more chances to apply for a wider range of projects,” Mr Toole said.
“New funding ranges are encouraging more diverse projects, and a streamlined application process is cutting red tape and allowing for faster assessment.”