Kicking goals for Concord

Media Release


13 March 2016

Joint release with:

Angelo Tsirekas

Mayor of City of Canada Bay

Craig Laundy

Federal Member for Reid

The Edwards Park oval at Concord in inner western Sydney has had a major $1.6 million refurbishment with additional amenities and facilities unveiled today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government invested $500,000 in the project under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“We are thrilled to deliver on another 2013 election commitment that supports community sport in inner western Sydney,” Senator Nash said.

“We are providing almost $350 million under the Community Development Grants Programme to fund approximately 300 valuable projects like this one to build productive infrastructure for local communities across Australia.”

Federal Member for Reid Craig Laundy, who attended the official opening of the Edwards Park refurbishment, said the new facilities would support future population growth of inner western Sydney and meet increasing community demands for recreational facilities.

“I am delighted to be delivering a project that we committed to during the last election campaign. It's a great facility that will serve our community well for many years to come.”

“Project works included constructing four new change room facilities, a community room and new canteen facilities,” Mr Laundy said.

“The new infrastructure at Edwards Park will support the increase in local sporting club activities and contribute to community health and wellbeing.”

Mayor of City of Canada Bay Angelo Tsirekas said Council provided $764,726 towards the new amenities block upgrades as part of Council's Community Enhancement Plan.

“We are incredibly proud of the $1.6 million amenities block upgrade at Edwards Park, which provides much needed facilities for one of our biggest local clubs, Concord Junior Soccer Club, while delivering a quality multipurpose facility for the community,” Cr Tsirekas said.

“The amenities block upgrade was part of extensive works around Edwards Park, including irrigation works, with Edwards Park one of 15 community parks utilising recycled water from our ‘Water for our Community’ facility in Cintra Park.

“The final phase of works includes a new playground which, along with completion of the Concord Shared Path for cyclists and pedestrians, linking Five Dock to Concord through Edwards Park, delivers important recreational benefits for our community.”

The Edwards Park Community and Amenities Building project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $500,000, City of Canada Bay $764,726 and the Concord Junior Soccer Club $300,000.