Footballers of all abilities will now have access to better facilities with the opening of the new $1.75 million inclusive amenities building at Charles Pirie Reserve, Kogarah Bay.
Mark Coure, Member for Oatley was joined at the official opening by Georges River Councillors including the Mayor, Cr Kevin Greene. Members of the Carss Park Football Club and its special needs program the St George Warriors who use the Reserve as their home ground, were also in attendance.
“This new community facility was long overdue and I am proud to be part of a Government that is delivering vital sporting infrastructure upgrades for our local teams.” Mr Coure said.
“The new amenities building includes a canteen, storage area, gender neutral change rooms, referee’s room, medical room, public amenities, covered BBQ area and a “Changing Places” adult change facility.”
“Most importantly these upgrades will allow the St George Warriors to expand on the already great work they are doing helping players will special needs experience football in a fun and inclusive environment.”
Mr Coure added that this project would not have been possible without the strong partnership between the NSW Government and Georges River Council.
“This upgrade was jointly funded by the NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund (GSSFF) and Georges River Council. It is yet another example of the great work that can be achieved when State Governments and Local Councils join forces to improve community infrastructure.”
Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee said the new facility was one of 15 projects awarded more than $30 million during Round 1 of the GSSFF.
“It’s vital that communities across Sydney have access to safe and inclusive local community sports infrastructure,” Mr Lee said.
“The new inclusive amenities building at Charles Pirie Reserve reflects the values of the Fund, delivering the best outcomes for all sections of the community, including multicultural communities and people with a disability.”
The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund will invest $100 million in new and upgraded sporting facilities across Sydney over three years. During Round 2 of the program $33 million is available with shortlisted projects notified in November 2019.
The Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund is part of the $340 million Open Spaces and Greener Sydney initiative. For further information on the Fund visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/greater-sydney-sports-facility-fund.