Senator Payne announces $250,000 funding boost for sporting facility upgrades in Lindsay
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, has announced a $250,000 funding boost for sports facility upgrades in Lindsay.
The Coalition government will invest $50,000 in upgrading floodlighting at the Surveyors Creek Softball Facility for Diamond One in Glenmore Park, and a $200,000 investment will be delivered for the renewal of the aged amenity building at Hunter Fields in Emu Plains.
These investments are part of the ‘Move It Aus’ Community Sport Infrastructure grant program.
Senator Payne said the funding announcement is yet another win for grassroots sport in Lindsay.
“We all know that Lindsay loves its sport. So I am pleased the Morrison government is able to make this funding commitment, which will help to ensure our community benefits from the best possible facilities,” Senator Payne said.
“The upgrades to Surveyors Creek and Hunter Fields is great news for local sporting clubs, like the mighty Emu Plains FC, and will help encourage players and locals alike to get active and have fun, which is what grassroots sport is all about.
“The funding announcement comes off the back of the Western Sydney Sports Survey which has received hundreds of responses from sporting groups and associations across Western Sydney.
“This community feedback is so important, and I encourage local sporting clubs and associations to visit my website and complete the survey.”
Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said the new facilities will strengthen local sporting organisations, giving them new infrastructure to support an active community.
“I commend the Federal Government and the work of Senator Payne in securing these grants for the Penrith community,” Cr Fowler said.
“The investment in sport and recreation in Penrith is vital to ensuring an active and healthy community.”
Linda Cerone, General Manager of the Nepean Football Association, welcomed the funding boost and said the amenity upgrade would benefit both the Association’s players and the surrounding Emu Plains community.
“The proposed upgrade at Hunter Fields is of immense benefit to our clubs as are all amenities upgrades to grassroots sports,” Ms Cerone said.
“Hunter Fields provides valuable sporting service to the surrounding community and the Emu Plains FC, so this upgrade is great news.
“Emu Plains FC has worked very hard over many years to co-operate with local, state and federal governments while maintaining an aging facility, and are thrilled to hear of the successful outcome of the grant application.”
Trent Atkins, President of the Penrith City Softball Association, said the upgrade to floodlighting at Diamond One would help future-proof the needs of the local softball teams who call Surveyors Creek home.
“The Association welcomes this funding boost to the upgraded floodlighting because it will allow us to hold more games at night which will help increase participation,” Mr Atkins said.
Loretta Watts, President of Softball NSW, said the floodlighting will expand the capabilities of the Facility to help meet the needs of the players.
"Softball NSW would like to thank Senator Payne, the Federal Government and Penrith City Council for their outstanding support of our sport," Ms Watts said.
"The grant provided for the floodlights will greatly assist the Penrith City Softball Association to help increase participation by introducing possible weeknight games."
Penrith City Council is the proponent for each project.