Dec 9, 2010

Play kicks off at the new Mackey Park

Mackey Park in south Marrickville was officially reopened today after its recent refurbishment, made possible by $2.265 million from the Australian Government.

Labor member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese joined hundreds of locals to congratulate everyone involved in the project and watch Marrickville Red Devils Football Club’s first game on the new fields.

“The new Mackey Park is a great asset for the Marrickville community and will encourage more local kids to participate in sport,” Mr Albanese said.

“It is estimated that around 30,000 people will benefit from the improvements to the playing fields, lighting, amenities, playground and walking paths.”

The $3.1 million project also includes environmental measures that put it on a long term, sustainable footing. A new wetland has been built to treat subsurface water and a new solar installation at Marrickville Council’s St Peters depot will offset energy consumption.

“When we set up the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program in 2008, as part of the Government’s Economic Stimulus Package, our goal was to keep people in work by building first class infrastructure for the whole community,” Mr Albanese said.

“The construction period for this project supported 60 local jobs and has created a facility that will serve the community sustainably for years to come.

“Thousands of jobs around Australia are being supported through the building of great community facilities like this one.”

Mr Albanese suggested that Marrickville Red Devils president Ron Royston be nominated for Marrickville Citizen of the Year.

“Ron has been a driving force behind the Red Devils for decades. No-one is more deserving of recognition than him,” said Mr Albanese.

Anthony tried out the new cricket pitch with players from Marrickville Cricket Club and kicked off a six-a-side soccer game for the Marrickville Red Devils.