Council is continuing to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19. Please see our dedicated webpage for up-to-date information on Council services and advice.

Council sports fields reopening – further details below.

Council Sports Fields Reopening

The Federal and NSW Governments have now eased the restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the new Orders, Council is in a position to allow the hiring of Council’s public reserves, parks, sports ground as long as users comply with restrictions in relation to group sizes, social distancing and space requirements.

Sporting groups will be required to produce evidence of their compliance with the NSW Public Health Orders, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Sporting Commission, NSW Sport and NSW Government guidelines. School groups must also comply with the Sports in Schools information released by the Department of Education.

Strathfield Council will be writing first to all clubs who were originally allocated sports fields for the Winter Season April – September 2020 prior to COVID restrictions coming into force. These clubs will be invited to apply for use of Council controlled sports fields on the basis that appropriate COVID safe measures are put in place as approved by their relevant umbrella association and guidelines issued by the bodies mentioned above.

Public toilets will reopen in Councils parks, reserves. Sports Amenity Buildings remain closed except for any Public Toilet Facilities within these i.e. Change Rooms and Kiosk areas are not being allocated at this point of COVID 19 restrictions

Arrangements for Junior Sport and Senior Sport are different and these are outlined below.

Applications and enquiries can be referred to Council’s Bookings Facility Team via 9748 9999 or council@strathfield.nsw.gov.au

Arrangements for Junior Organised Sport:

Training:

Junior training can resume in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order once an application is lodged and Council approval is obtained.  A maximum of 10 people per group, 1.5 metre social distancing applies within the space one person per 4m2 also being applied.  No contact is permissible before the 1st July.

Competition:

Junior competition can recommence once Council approval is obtained from 1st July 2020 as mandated by the NSW State Government.

Arrangements for Senior / Adult Sport:

Training:

Adult training can resume in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order once an application is lodged and Council approval is obtained.  A maximum of 10 people per group , 1.5 metre social distancing applies within the space one person per 4m2 also being applied.  No contact is permissible.

Competition:

A date to restart adult organised sport competition has not yet been set by the NSW State Government. Therefore this cannot take place at this time.

The use of Council’s Public Reserves and Parks (outside of sports fields)

The use of Council’s Public Reserves and Parks (outside of sports fields)

With the easing of the Public Health Order measures for the current COVID–19 pandemic, individuals and groups may now have non-exclusive use of any parks or reserves in the Strathfield Council area (no booking required).

However, non- exclusive users and their activities, including any organised training, must comply with all current applicable NSW State Government Public Health Orders requirements including, but not limited to, that groups do not exceed ten people and social distancing of at least 1.5m is maintained.

Users of Parks, Reserves and Sportsfields must keep informed of Covid-19 restrictions and requirements to keep safe

All open space users must keep themselves informed of any changes to Public Health Orders and/or protocols to ensure their activities are compliant. Organised training users must also consult with their respective peak bodies to ensure their practices are in accordance with approved protocols.

Anyone using Council’s public reserves, parks and sports grounds does so knowing and accepting that that there may be an increased risk of exposure to communicable viruses (such as COVID-19 and influenza) from participating in any activities with other people. While particular protocols, equipment, and personal hygiene may reduce these risks; the risks of serious injury and illness do still exist and Council will not be liable or responsible for such exposure.

Individual users, organisations, and/or clubs assume full responsibility for the running of, participation in and/or use of any public reserves, parks and sports grounds. Organisations and clubs should seek professional advice and obtain adequate insurance to cover all risks associated with their activities.

Council continues to monitor changes made by the NSW government on COVID-19 restrictions and further updates on our public reserves, parks and sports grounds will be provided.

Parks and Sportsground Hire

Parks and sporting fields are available on a seasonal and casual basis for hire to schools, clubs, community groups and the general public for recreational purposes.

Seasonal users will be directly invited by Council to apply for use prior to the winter and summer seasons.

For booking and inquiries contact Council’s Booking Officer on 9748 9965.

LocationWinter SeasonSummer Season
Strathfield Park
Homebush Road Strathfield
1 synthetic filed
3 Soccer Fields (lights available)
2 Basketball/Netball Courts (all-weather hard courts)
2 Netball Court/2 Volleyball Courts (grass courts)
1 Synthetic Field
3 Cricket wickets (synthetic)
2 Basketball/Netball Courts (all-weather)
Airey Park
Bates Street Homebush
1 Rugby/League FieldCricket practice wickets (5)
Cricket oval (turf wicket)
Mason Park
Underwood Road Homebush
3 Soccer Fields (lights available)
1 Synthetic Field
6/7 Touch Football Oz Tag Fields (lights available)
2 cricket wickets
1 Synthetic Field
6/7 Touch Football Oz Tag Fields (lights available)
Cooke Park
Madeline Street Belfield
3 Soccer Field's lights available)1 Cricket Wicket (synthetic)
Begnell Field
Madeline Street Belfield
1 Rugby Leagues Field
2 Touch Football Field (no lighting) – Weekdays only
1 Football Field
2 Touch Football Field (no lighting)
Hudson Oval
Arthur St Strathfield
1 Rugby Field (Limited times on weekdays and Sundays only)1 Cricket Wicket (turf) – Sunday only.
Bark Huts Reserve
Elliot Street, Belfield
2 Soccer Fields (lights available)
4 Touch Fields (lights available)
1 Basketball/Netball Court (all-weather hard court)
1 Cricket Ground (turf)
4 Touch Fields (lights available)
1 Basketball/Netball Court (all-weather)
Bressington Park
Homebush
3 Soccer Fields5 Cricket wickets
Requirements for Approved Use
Application
Casual Hire
Social Gatherings
Events
Fees
Further Information
Requirements for Approved Use
  1. Council approval including payment of applicable fees and charges is required for organised sports and recreational events held in Council’s parks and sports grounds.
  2. Additional approvals may be required for use of a building or erection of temporary structures such as marques and banners, parking plans, first aid planning, placing of waste containers or portable toilets and use of equipment producing heat, sound or light eg public address systems, speakers or lighting at night functions.
  3. Clubs and organisations are required to provide evidence of current public liability insurance.
  4. Hirers are responsible for checking that the facility is safe and appropriate to use prior to each use for the particular activity.
  5. Use of Amusement Devices requires separate approval.
  6. Regarding applications for seasonal hire, Council assesses the applications and allocates facilities based on meeting specific criteria, including whether teams are local, whether applications meet available times, previous history of applicant, and the application is consistent with Council’s strategic and operational plans.
Casual Hire

Strathfield Council has dedicated areas suitable for casual hire for social/recreational activities such as social gatherings, BBQs and picnics.  The areas which are available for casual hire include:

Social Gatherings

Council advises that groups should book social/recreational areas if they wish to secure the use of the park or facility on a particular date or time.  Council can not guarantee that the social/recreational area or park will be available unless a booking has been made.  Please contact Council on 9748 9999 (business hours and after hours) should a conflict in use of facility arise.

While you are not required to contact Council or seek permission for using parks for informal recreation involving less than 50 people, if you are planning an event of less than 50 people and want to ensure the facility is available to your group, Council’s advises you to make a booking.

Events

These events require Council approval:

  • meetings/gatherings or religious services involving 50 or more people
  • wedding ceremonies and parties
  • corporate promotions, product sales and charity collections.

Events of a social or recreational nature may also involve use of a building or erection of temporary structures for public entertainment such as marques and banners, operating amusement devices including merry-go-rounds and jumping castles, placing of waste containers or portable toilets and use of equipment producing heat, sound or light e.g. public address systems, speakers or lighting at night functions.

Fees

Hire costs are determined by Council’s Fees and Charges. Typical costs of hire of sportsgrounds include:

  • Recreation Fee (this is based on the number of participants)
  • Bonds – manage your own waste (refundable)
  • Toilet – Bond for key (refundable)
  • Additional costs may be incurred for use of lights, marquees or amusement devices.
Further Information

Contact Council’s Customer Service on 9748 9999.

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