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Mayoral Column – Accessible Recreation Facilities for All

14/04/2021

Australia is a nation of sports lovers. Besides allowing us to shine on the international stage, sports also brings us together on a more local level. This is something we support at Georges River Council and we encourage families, friends, neighbours and communities to gather for the social, physical and mental benefits of sport.

A 2019 study by McCrindle Research found that four in five (80%) Australians agree that sport is a significant part of Australian culture, and Council has found this belief to be held by our Georges River community as well.

During the public consultation for our Community Strategic Plan (2018-2028), a significant majority expressed the importance of Council providing active sport and recreation facilities in the area, and to continue improving on existing spaces. As a result, part of our Community Strategic Plan addresses Council’s goal for everyone to have access to a range of active and passive recreation facilities.

The Georges River Local Government Area currently has over 60 top recreational spaces, including parks, playgrounds, cycleways, skate parks, sporting fields, aquatic centres, golf courses and tennis, netball and basketball courts.

This month, we welcomed back swimmers to Hurstville Aquatic Leisure Centre as we re-opened the aquatics area following refurbishment. The COVID-19 restrictions gave us an opportunity to complete significant works in the centre including roof-replacement, Steam Room revamp, new sustainable pool filters, and a fresh look with additional seating and greenery.

The renovated Aquatic Centre complements the current expansion of the Penshurst Park Sporting Hub which will result in a range of new amenities. These include a new all-abilities playground, synthetic sports field, outdoor exercise station, 275-seat grandstand, youth centre with multipurpose sports courts, as well as gender-neutral and accessible change rooms.

Another sporting venue we are proud to have in our local area is the Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, home to the St George Illawarra Dragons, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Sydney Football Club. The state-of-the-art playing surface is one of the main attractions for professional players and it also hosts the St George Football Association and St George district soccer matches. 

Guided by extensive public consultation, Council is committed to providing quality, sporting spaces for our residents and visitors to enjoy. This is one of the many ways we will achieve our vision for Georges River to be a progressive, environmentally and culturally rich community, enjoying a unique lifestyle. 

I invite the community to make the most of the fantastic facilities we have here in Georges River. I also encourage use of Council’s Neighbourhood Maps portal (www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Neighbourhood-Maps), which is an interactive map of the services Council provides, including sporting venues and the many cycling and walking routes throughout the Georges River area.

For more information on the Community Strategic Plan (2018-2028), our recreation spaces and upcoming projects, visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au

 

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