Thursday, February 22, 2024

$10m boost to Bayside recreational hub upgrade

Bayside Council is set to receive $10 million in funding from the NSW Government’s
Accelerated Infrastructure Fund towards a major recreational hub for the local government area.

“This Government funding is a huge win for our community,” Mayor Dr Christina said.

“It also vindicates Council’s vision to create a recreational hub in Barton Park that will be a place for everyone, particularly the growing populations around Arncliffe, Banksia and Wolli Creek.”

The Barton Park upgrade project has attracted $18 million in State Grants and funding so far:
• NSW Government Legacy Grant – $3million
• NSW Government Multi Sport Grant – $5million
• Accelerated Infrastructure Grant – $10million

Member for Rockdale, Steve Kamper, welcomed the injection of a further $10 million into the Barton Park project.

“This is a great project which will be enjoyed by the whole community,” Mr Kamper said.

“Bayside Council in consultation with the community have put together a great proposal to
transform 19 hectares of parkland into a community hub with something for everyone.

“There will be bike tracks and walking trails, as well as some great new sporting facilities. The Council will look after the wetlands and ensure that our local bird watching clubs can still get out and enjoy what they do as well.”

The Barton Park project is estimated to cost $47.8million.

This $18 million in Government funding means Council will be able to fund several smaller projects across the LGA sooner than anticipated, it said in a statement.

The upgrade will deliver a community recreation precinct including three full sized grass soccer fields, four tennis courts, two multipurpose courts, a cycleway and connecting walkways suitable for walking circuits and four change rooms with showers and toilets.

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