Grassroots funding to transform the Chapman Gardens Sports Precinct

Friday, 03 May 2019

The Morrison Government will invest $1m into the Chapman Gardens Sports Precinct.

The funding, which will be provided to Penrith City Council, will develop the facilities and grounds at Chapman Gardens in Kingswood, including:

  • The construction of a new amenities building at the Chapman Gardens softball facility;

  • The upgrade of the existing amenity building at Doug Rennie Field; and

  • The installation of an irrigation system to the cricket and rugby league field in between Doug Rennie Field and the softball facility.

Liberal Candidate for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh, who met representatives of the McKillop Baseball Club and the Penrith Waratahs JRLFC to discuss their vision for the Precinct, said the funding was a win for grassroots sport.

“Chapman Gardens is a part of the DNA of Kingswood and local sporting teams have been passionate and vocal about the need to invest in these fields,” Ms McIntosh said.

“This funding package will make a big difference – it will improve playing conditions and create safer, modern facilities for our community to enjoy.

“Many hands make light work so I want to thank all the keen locals, especially Josh Gately and Mitch Sanderson, who have worked with me to get this off the ground.”

Senator Marise Payne said a re-elected Morrison Government would overhaul Chapman Gardens Sports Precinct to help future-proof the popular sporting hub. 

“Generations of local sports players have called Chapman Gardens home, it’s as much loved as it well used,” Senator Payne said.

“This major funding boost will provide the playing fields and amenities with a much needed facelift to ensure that it’s fit for purpose well into the future.”

Mitch Sanderson, Secretary of the Penrith Waratahs Junior Rugby League Football Club, was thrilled with the funding announcement.

“We really appreciate the funding which will mean better playing surface upgrades and better amenities for our players,” Mr Sanderson said.

“It’s great that Melissa was able to inspect our facilities, listen to our feedback and then secure this outcome.” 

President of Penrith Junior Cricket Association, Grant Kean, said “The irrigation upgrade will mean better playing surfaces which not only help out our local cricket teams but will assist the Association in holding representative level cricket at Chapman Gardens.”

Josh Gately, President of the McKillop Baseball Club and a member since the Club’s foundation in 1989, hailed the announcement as a major breakthrough.
 “Our Club has fought for funding to upgrade our ageing amenity block for a very long time,” Mr Gately said.

“This funding will help our players, parents, volunteers and coaches, from 4 years old to 70 years old, to better enjoy our softball diamonds.

“I’m thankful that Melissa could see what was needed at the Club and was able to come in with support.”
Mayor of Penrith City Council, Cr Ross Fowler, said Council will contribute $630,000 towards the construction of the new amenity block at the Chapman Gardens baseball facility.

“Penrith City Council had planned for the upgrade of this facility and the Federal Government’s support will bring this facility online earlier than otherwise planned which will be of great benefit to the whole community.”


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