Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Diversity on show at new North Epping clubhouse

A new clubhouse with accessible facilities has been officially unveiled by Hornsby Shire Council at Ron Payne Park in North Epping.

Opened by Mayor, Philip Ruddock AO, the new building includes two sets of change rooms with showers and safe, individual unisex and accessible public toilets.

The facilities also feature a new canteen, three storerooms and a first aid room, providing a better experience for users the North Epping Rangers, who use the park for soccer in the winter season, and the Epping Bulls, who play junior cricket there in summer. Its sustainability features include a solar hot water system and storage tanks for rainwater reuse.  

The project was delivered thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the NSW Government and Council’s 7.11 Developer Contributions.

Mayor Ruddock said the new amenities would be a major benefit for the area.

“Hornsby Shire Council recognises the importance of community sport to its residents, contributing to both their psychical and mental wellbeing. The investment into this new facility will be of great benefit to the area, providing opportunities for people of all levels and abilities to take part,” he said.

“We thank the NSW Government for its contribution to this project, supporting essential infrastructure for leisure and sport for our growing community.”

At the opening, North Epping Rangers President, Craig Denyer, spoke of the significance of the new facility to its members.

“North Epping Rangers is a community that brings thousands of local people together through their interest in sport. Not just the players and coaches, but their families and friends,” he said.

“It is these facilities and amenities that enhance the experience of our club members. Better experiences equal higher member retention and higher new member enrolments.”

Along with the new building, the project also saw Hornsby Shire Council complete upgrades to the paths, oval fencing and car park at the Ron Payne Park.

Last year, Council completed a new biofiltration basin on the site to filter stormwater drainage – this cleans the water before it enters the national park. Further works to improve the oval drainage and irrigation using filtered stormwater are also planned for the end of the 2024 winter sports season. These upgrades are partly funded by NSW Football Legacy Fund.

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