Federal Labor Member for Reid, John Murphy and Federal Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese today announced a re-elected Rudd Labor Government would provide $500,000 for the complete refurbishment of facilities at Centenary Park in Croydon.
“As the home ground of several local clubs, local families depend on Centenary Park but its old toilets, change rooms and canteen are no longer adequate to meet the needs of thousands of local residents from Burwood, Croydon and Ashfield who use it each year,” Mr Murphy said.
“With the growing number of young people in the Inner West, sporting facilities are particularly important as many of these families do not have access to backyards. Our funding commitment will ensure the local community continues to benefit from the park’s facilities for years to come.”
Mr Albanese said the upgrade will include modern toilets, change rooms and a canteen and will be designed to fit in with the heritage values of the surrounding area.
“This refurbishment of Centenary Park builds on the funding we have already provided in 2010 to expand the children’s playground. High quality community infrastructure strengthens communities and our investment will keep more people working locally and help cater for growing participation in community sports,” he said.
Since 2007, the government has delivered more than $27 million worth of upgrades at Inner West sports clubs and grounds including:
- Henson Park
- Mackey Park
- Fraser Park
- Arlington Oval
- Leichhardt Secondary College Playing Field
- Leichhardt Oval
- Ron Routley Oval
- Drummoyne Oval
- Ashfield Oval
- Hammond Park
Centenary Park is the home ground of the Burwood Football Club, the Ashfield Croydon Centenary Cricket Club, Ashfield Lawn Bowls Club and is used by West’s Sports Club for their popular spring and summer football competitions.
The commitment will be delivered through the Government’s Liveable Communities Program that is already included in the budget.