Council grants scratch more than the surface at Renown Park

02/03/2017

The facilities and playing surface areas at Renown Park, Oatley will be receiving a major overhaul thanks to combined council grants of $100,000.
 
The grants were awarded to Renown United Sports Club Inc and Oatley RSL Football Club as part of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.

$50,000 was awarded to each club respectively to make the extensive upgrade possible.
 
The current facilities within the amenities block include toilets, change rooms and a canteen which were built in the 1980s.
 
Important aspects of the upgrade include improved facilities for women and accessibility for people with disabilities.
 
Mike Thomson, Vice President of Oatley RSL Football Club, said that members of the club had been “hoping for some sort of upgrade to our pretty old and tired facilities for quite some time”.
 
“The grant will also go toward upgrading our playing surface areas for our 600 plus players,” said Mr Thomson.
 
When funding was announced Renown United Sports Club treasurer, David Curtis, felt it was a pivotal moment in the club’s history.
 
“We knew that we could finally provide modern facilities at Renown Park for our kids and the community more broadly,” said Mr Curtis.
 
“The project will ensure that the facilities are upgraded to a modern standard.
 
“The current facilities are no longer able to cater to the needs of the community. Use of the park by various sporting clubs, schools and the community has grown considerably, but the facilities have not been modernised.”
 
Council is pleased to be able to provide financial support for the upgrades required at Renown Park.
 
Administrator, John Rayner, says the much needed upgrades will encourage greater public use of the park.
 
“Renown Park is a great location which is well utilised for organised sport, but it’s also an important outdoor space used for free play, which is especially important for kids. This upgrade will mean that the park better meets the social needs of the community.”
 
The project, to be managed by Georges River Council, is expected to commence later this year and be completed by 2018.
 
More than 60 applications were received by Council requesting funding through the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund Program.
 
Of these applicants, 27 were awarded funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A total of $1 million in funding was granted to local community groups.
 
For more information, please contact Council via 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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