The New South Wales Government in Australia will fund the development of business cases for the renewal and revitalisation of Brookvale Oval and Penrith Stadium in Sydney as multi-use community assets.
Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the vision for upgrading these community assets is to ensure they are utilised by all sport codes, grassroots and professional, as well as entertainment, concerts, cultural events and local markets. Lee said:
We know there is interest in communities to overhaul community grounds so we are firstly doing the planning work to make sure the costs stack-up.
We are serious about continuing our investment into community infrastructure and the business cases for these suburban grounds will give us the best insights on the community benefits for revitalisation.
The NSW Government also announced funding in the recent budget to develop a business case to revamp Jubilee Oval at Kogarah. Lee added:
When we build and renew community infrastructure we get the benefits for the people of NSW. Revamping infrastructure like local grounds in Sydney’s South, North and West is a catalyst for jobs and economic growth, as well as providing communities with uplift in amenity and livability.
Just look at how Bankwest Stadium has become a fan favourite, no matter what sport you follow. It’s important to get the basics right with these business cases so we can make informed decisions regarding any future investment into suburban grounds.
Work has also begun on the $75 million redevelopment of Concord Oval in Sydney’s Inner West which will transform the suburban oval into a world class sporting, recreation and community hub.
The eedevelopment of Concord Oval is an initiative of the NSW and Federal Government in partnership with Canada Bay Council and Wests Tigers. Work is scheduled for completion in early 2022.
Image: Penrith Stadium – Visit Penrith