Council to Receive Over $21 million in WestInvest Funding
For immediate release
28 February 2023
Council is delighted to announce that applications lodged by Strathfield Council for funding from the WestInvest Community Projects – Local Government Allocation have been successful. WestInvest is a landmark $5 billion program to secure the best quality of life for families and make communities in West and South-West Sydney even better places to live.
The approved $21.81 million will fund four projects focussed on providing quality green and open spaces and community infrastructure in the Strathfield Local Government Area.
$4.1 million will be used to refurbish Airey Park which involves improvements to Airey Park amenities building, Alan Davidson Oval and surrounds to address drainage and flooding issues, declining and inadequate amenities, accessibility issues, and inclusion barriers.
$7.8 million will fund Begnell Field revitalisation to upgrade the amenities building and sports oval, new drainage, irrigation and lighting, a new car park area, outdoor gym and tiered grandstand including ramps and wheelchair seating.
$8.2 million is allocated to Hudson District Park East to upgrade Hudson Park Oval and Pavillion/Grandstand, high intensity playground, Centenary Drive and Arthur Street traffic improvements, car park extension, underpass between Hudson East & West, sound proofing, landscaping and pedestrian pathways.
Finally, $1.6 million will be spent on revitalising Strathfield Park, which involves a new basketball court, new storage facility, seating, and landscaped green open space with additional shelter and barbecues.
Each project aims to transform underutilised space and ageing facilities into fit for purpose parks with quality sports courts and modern facilities. Upon their completion, each park will improve access to quality sport, recreation and other community facilities that bring people together and enable a diverse range of activities.
Mayor Matthew Blackmore said he looks forward to the delivery of these highly anticipated projects that will enhance the quality of life of local residents for many years to come, and would like to thank the Department of Premier and Cabinet for allocating Strathfield Council almost $22 million under the WestInvest Program to fund these projects.
“Although Strathfield is home to many much-loved parks, there is a growing demand for quality green and open spaces and sporting and recreational infrastructure in our local community. It is estimated that by 2036, Strathfield LGA’s population will reach over 80,000 people, which is a significant increase from our current population of over 46,000.”
“Airey Park, Begnell Field and Strathfield Park have a long history of being home to many local community sporting groups and schools however, the use of sporting facilities is impacted by declining playing surfaces and inadequate storage and seating. We hope that improvements to the fields, their facilities and ensuring they’re inclusive means more members of our community can enjoy time spent in these parks for more days of the year. Hudson District Park East is the final stage in transforming an under-utilised golf course into 14.1 hectares of open and recreational space for our community”, Mayor Blackmore said.
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