Sports infrastructure upgrades on track across Penrith

Thursday, 24 November 2022

Leonay Oval is one of the latest facilities to be upgraded as part of a program of sports infrastructure projects being delivered across the City.

The upper oval amenities building has been improved and extended to include additional storage, a canteen and awning. LED floodlighting has been installed on the two rugby league fields, mini field, and athletics track and field facilities.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen said the improvements are benefitting the local sports clubs.

“The Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Football Club and Emu Plains Little Athletics Club can utilise the oval to its maximum capacity and provide a high-quality experience to their club members,” Cr Hitchen said.

Construction is also underway on upgrades to Parker Street Reserve, Hickeys Lane Sportsground, Harold Corr Oval, Eileen Cammack Reserve and Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex.

These projects are being funded with a $9.25 million contribution from the NSW Government through the Penrith Sporting Infrastructure Project and more than $6.5 million from Council.

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres MP said it’s important that we support our sporting clubs with more user-friendly facilities that encourage increased participation in sport.

“Our community loves its sport so investing in upgrades like this to improve our sporting facilities is a win for participants and volunteers,” Mr Ayres said.

The Australian Government is also contributing $1.48 million to the Harold Corr Oval and Woodriff Gardens Tennis Complex upgrades through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

These projects were identified through Council’s Sport and Recreation Strategy, which is a 15-year road map for the future provision of sport, play, recreation and open space across the City.

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Photo caption: Leonay_Oval 1- Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres with Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Football Club U6 players Billy, Lachlan and Zac at Leonay Oval.

Leonay_Oval 2 - Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres and Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen with the Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Football Club at Leonay Oval.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Thursday, 24 November 2022.