May 31, 2013

New Arts and Sports Precinct in Belmore

The Federal Labor Government will contribute $4 million towards the development of a new community arts and sports precinct in Belmore.

The precinct will comprise two new grandstands with capacity for 1,700 seats at Belmore Sports Ground, dedicated performing and visual art spaces and a two kilometre specially designed pathway linking the precinct to the town centre and public transport.

Federal Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese and local MP for Watson, Tony Burke today joined Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg, Chairman Ray Dib and at Belmore Sports Ground to announce the funding.

“As the home ground of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Sydney Olympic Football Club, the Belmore Sports Ground is already well known and utilised as a sporting facility,” Mr Albanese said.

“This project will combine two of the community’s great passions – arts and sport – into a single hub in the heart of one of Sydney’s most multicultural areas. It recognises the region’s need for a flagship facility and the lack of dedicated multicultural arts facility.

“The new precinct will attract international events and more visitors to the region, boost the local arts scene and secure the future of the Belmore Sports Ground as key infrastructure for south west Sydney.”

Mr Burke said he was proud to deliver the arts and sports precinct for the Watson community.

“I have worked closely with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sydney Olympic Football Club and Canterbury City Council over the last 12 months to deliver this new facility for Sydney and our local area,” Mr Burke said.

“This precinct has long been a home for multicultural engagement in sport.  Now our diverse area will have a home for art, performance and music.

“This precinct will deliver the first multicultural arts facility for this part of Sydney and deliver jobs for locals engaged in the art scene.

“The project will provide employment primarily for local artists, but also administrators, support staff and technical personnel involved in mounting and staging exhibitions, performances and events.

“The Sydney region and in particular our local area is one of the most culturally diverse in Australia. We will now have a facility right in the heart of Belmore that will enable the sharing of all our different experiences to tell the story of our nation and our region.

“For generations people have travelled the globe to make a home in our part of Sydney.  Now the Australian Government has shown a commitment to make this also a home for arts and sport.”

Funding for the Belmore arts and sports precinct is being provided through Round 4 of the Regional Development Australia Fund.