Saturday, April 13, 2024

EOI opens for new Penrith sports facilities

Penrith City Council is encouraging local sporting clubs and associations to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI) for use of the new sports facilities in the Gipps Street Recreation Precinct. 

The Council says the 32-hectare precinct will offer a variety of high-quality, floodlit sports infrastructure when it opens in mid-2024 including: 

  • four full size rectangular fields and one junior size field suitable for a variety of rectangular field sports. 
  • two full size cricket / AFL ovals with synthetic wickets.  
  • two netball courts.  
  • four lane district-level cricket practice facilities.  
  • central amenities building equipped with a canteen, multi-purpose area, four large change rooms that can be converted in eight smaller change rooms, change rooms for officials, storage space and accessible toilet facilities.  
  • car parking including designated coach drop off areas. 

The $44.5 million Gipps Street Recreation Precinct project is being funded by Council and the NSW Government, with a combined $13.5 million through the Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants Program ($7 million), Multi-Sport Community Facility Fund ($5 million), Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund ($1 million), and the Places to Play Program ($500,000).  

Penrith Mayor, Todd Carney said it was a fantastic opportunity for local sports groups to be the first to use the landmark facilities. 

“The Gipps Street Recreation Precinct will be like nothing we’ve ever seen in Penrith before and the sports facilities on offer are expected to attract a wide range of local, regional and even statewide competitions and events,” Mayor Carney said. 

“These facilities are designed to accommodate all kinds of different sports from football, netball, cricket and everything in between, so I encourage all of our local sports clubs and organisations to apply.” 

The first allocations for usage will be for the 2024-2025 Summer Season and 2025 Winter Season.   

Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Sport, Karen Jones said the Office was investing in new and upgraded multi-sport facilities to provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to play sport and be healthy and active. 

“The Gipps Street Recreation Precinct will provide one of the best community sports precincts in Sydney and we welcome the commencement of the expression of interest process,” she said.

The precinct will also feature children’s play areas including water play, a dog park, youth precinct with floodlit skate park and pump track, walking trails, outdoor fitness equipment, and picnic areas. 

For more information and to apply, visit penrith.city/gippsstsportsfacilities. Applications will close at 5pm on Monday 15 April 2024. 

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