Liberal-National Government delivers half a million dollars for major facelift of The Kingsway Sports Precinct

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The Liberal-National Government will invest $500,000 to upgrade The Kingsway Sports Precinct in Lindsay as part of the second round of the Community Sport Infrastructure Program.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne, said the funding boost will go towards new floodlighting for the precinct’s 18 fields up to the national standard. New pathways will also be installed to improve accessibility to the Precinct. 

Senator Payne said the upgrade was a major win for local sporting groups.

“When I launched my Western Sydney Sports Survey last year, I was inundated with responses regarding the state of the Kingsway,” Senator Payne said.

“Respondents said that poor lighting across the fields made the area unsafe for night time training sessions.

“The funding we have announced will help address the concerns of the sporting groups who call The Kingsway home, which will ultimately help boost sports participation which is a great outcome.

“Investing in this much needed upgrade has only been possible because our Government has an economic plan in place.

The Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, joined Senator Payne today at The Kingsway Sports Precinct along with representatives from the Penrith Oztag Association, the Nepean Junior Oztag, the Nepean District Cricket Association, Penrith Junior Cricket Association, Penrith Touch Association, NSW Cricket.

“The Liberal- National Government understands that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports, which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities such as the The Kingsway,” Minister McKenzie said.

“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.”

Liberal Candidate for Lindsay, Melissa McIntosh, welcomed today’s announcement and said it was a win for local grassroots sport.

“This funding is a terrific investment in our local sporting facilities,” Ms McIntosh said.

“These upgrades will enhance the Lindsay community’s experience of The Kingsway and will help future-proof the fields.”

Cr Ross Fowler, Mayor of Penrith City Council, welcomed the funding announcement.

“The funding will be used to bring the lighting at The Kingsway (North) up to Australian Standards and allow our sporting clubs to use all the fields – giving more even wear across the facility,” Cr Fowler said.

“In addition, Penrith City Council will also provide funding for the upgrade of the playing surfaces which means a safer and more enjoyable experience for users.

“Penrith is a city that loves sport of all kinds. Council recognises how important access to sporting fields and recreational facilities all year round.

“This is why we value the importance of working together with community sports groups and the State and Federal governments to provide the best facilities we can. I thank the Federal Government for its support today.”

President of the Penrith OzTag Association, Jamie Howard, who had strongly advocated for upgrade, was thrilled with the funding announcement.

“This is a fantastic result for all users of The Kingsway,” Mr Howard said.

With over 2500 Oztag players using the venue each week, mostly in the evening, this upgrade will dramatically improve the quality of the playing environment.  It will provide opportunities for our sport to continue to grow and potentially attract other events into the area.

“The improvements in lighting will enhance the experience for all of our players which we believe will enable Penrith Oztag to improve our retention rates and attract more people to the sport.”

“Penrith Oztag appreciates the support and efforts of everyone involved in obtaining this funding, particularly the efforts of Penrith City Council and Senator Payne.”

Glenn Fabian, President of the Penrith Touch Association, hailed the upgrade as a big win for the Association.

“We’re very pleased that our concerns have been listened to and acted on, and this is just a terrific outcome for our players.”

“The Kingsway is massively popular, so these types of funding boosts will help ensure that we can continue to enjoy the Kingsway for many years to come.”

Penrith City Council is the proponent for the project.

 

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