Senator Payne delivers $1.62 million for sport in Lindsay
Friday, 01 December 2017
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne today announced $1.62 million in federal funding today, to upgrade key sporting facilities in the electorate of Lindsay.
With sports and outdoor activities a significant part of the community and social culture in Lindsay, Senator Payne said there is immense benefit for the many local sporting groups and those from other states and regions who use the facilities. These include football teams, netballers, rowers and little athletics.
Contracts have now been signed for the funding which will be used to upgrade three popular locations in the Penrith region:
- $750,000 for the Greygums Oval upgrade project to construct a new amenities building, including new canteen, accessible toilet, first aid/umpires room, multiple storage rooms, club meeting room and path access.
- $600,000 for the Jamison Park Netball Complex upgrade project to construct netball courts, a concrete path, a carpark and install floodlights.
- $270,000 for the Rowing Dock upgrade to construct an extension to the rowing pontoon at Weir Reserve.
“What we have seen here once again is a strong example of the Coalition government’s commitment to bringing the community together and providing the best facilities possible for the teams, groups, families and individuals who are passionate and committed to their sport of choice, and enjoy getting out and about outdoors,” Senator Payne said.
“Participation in sport spans all ages and builds many vital skills, including team work, confidence, self esteem, friendships, and socialisation skills along with important health benefits.
“I am proud to be part of the Turnbull government which consistently delivers on its promises in the Lindsay region,” Senator Payne said.
Penrith District Netball Association President Joy Gillett has expressed her pleasure with the funding for the Jamison Park Netball Complex upgrade.
“This (funding) now enables us to host larger state competitions at our Jamison Park Netball Complex with the three extra courts we will now have. It also includes a lighting upgrade which will enable more evening games and training. The increased parking is also an added benefit which will provide convenience,” Ms Gillett said.
Penrith Rams AFL former Chairman and current board member, Greg Corless welcomed the funding for the Greygums Oval upgrade which is the home ground of his AFL team and also the Penrith Giants AFL and Cranebrook Little Athletics.
“This funding is fantastic and comes at a time of huge growth for AFL in Western Sydney. The upgrade will provide additions to the existing building to allow proper storage along with a meeting room, with provision for a first class canteen, umpire and medical rooms,” Mr Corless said.
The executive team at AFL Penrith Giants Ronan McNally, Kath Willis and Isaac Darby said the funding for Greygums Oval will attract more players and they will have more opportunity than ever to learn the game in the best possible environment.
“This new clubhouse has been spoken about now for many years in and around our club and we are more than excited to see that it will finally be built,” they said. “It is an exciting time to be part of AFL in Western Sydney with the tremendous growth of the GWS Giants. Our Junior AFL club here in Penrith (Penrith Giants) is likewise experiencing great growth in all aspects. We will be able to use these new facilities to enable interactive learning to run classes educating our kids and the improved canteen facilities will enable more sales and thus more funds to spend improving our club. The improved facilities will also bring more regional events to Penrith.”
Star AFL GWS Giants player, Renee Tomkins is in intensive training once again for the 2018 National competition in her second year with the Giants. Tomkins has played three seasons with the Penrith Ramettes and returns to the club at the conclusion of her Giants commitment to play with the Penrith Ramettes Premier Division side, based at Greygums Oval.
“It’s been a fantastic experience, playing with both the Ramettes and the Giants” Tomkins, a former international Futsal and soccer representative player said. “I am also involved with the new Under 18's Youth Girls team as ambassador and will be assisting with a coaching role in the upcoming season, which is a great honour. The new facilities at my local ground will be a great assistance to AFL and sport in general for years to come.”
Nepean Rowing Club Captain Daniel Waddell said the extension to the rowing pontoon at Weir Reserve in Penrith will allow for more usage of the rowing pontoon.
“It is great for us and all the rowing clubs nationally and internationally who come to this venue situated on one of the world’s best rivers to run,” Mr Waddell said.
Senator Payne acknowledged the work of former Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott in advocating for these projects.
The proponent of the funding for all three projects is Penrith City Council.