Member for Oatley Mark Coure MP today met with representatives from St George Football Association and Connells Point Rovers FC, and Councilors from Georges River Council to discuss plans to upgrade Poulton Park in Connells Point.
On 28 June 2018, Mr Coure joined Premier Gladys Berejiklian and the Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton MP, to announce a $9.5 million funding package for Georges River Council. Of this funding package, $3 million was allocated to constructing a synthetic field and building a sports amenities building at Poulton Park.
In Georges River Council’s meeting last night, Council committed an additional $1.1 million towards these projects, totaling $4.1 million in NSW Government and Council joint funding.
Mr Coure said the NSW Government is delighted to assist the council in providing new and upgraded sport and recreational facilities for local residents.
“It’s important that the State Government and Council work together to ensure our local sporting clubs receive first-class facilities and playing surfaces at some of our most popular parks and ovals,” Mr Coure said.
Councilor Sandy Grekas is pleased that Georges River Council has committed an additional $1.1 million to the project at Poulton Park.
“This funding will create an additional synthetic ‘mini field’ for younger players. This is a great result for the Connells Point area and for soccer overall in the Georges River Council area. Too many young players were getting injured at Poulton Park due to the poor condition of the fields, so something needed to be done… I’m looking forward to seeing construction start in the new year,” Clr Grekas said.
Councilor Sam Elmir emphasised the importance of investing in shared community facilities and spaces that can be enjoyed by generations far into the future.
“The construction of a synthetic field and amenities block is a future-focused, visionary project that is a great win for our local community. I am pleased that the State Government and Council are collaborating to deliver these works in coming months,” Clr Elmir said.
President of the Connells Point Rovers FC Mr Stephen Matthews said the synthetic field will allow the Club to properly service the local area and provide a safer playing surface for its members.
“This announcement comes at a critical time for our members. Over the past three years, we have had twelve serious injuries that were directly attributable to the quality of the field surface. These new amenities will provide a safer playing environment for our players,” Mr Matthews said.