Woy Woy unveils $8.29 million new grandstand

Media Release

FN023/2016

19 March 2016

Joint release with:

Troy Grant

Deputy Premier Minister for Justice and Police Minister for the Arts
Minister for Racing

Lawrie McKinna

Mayor of Gosford City

Lucy Wicks

Federal Member for Robertson

Scot MacDonald

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast

The transformation is now complete at Woy Woy Oval with a brand new 600 seat grandstand featuring state-of-the-art facilities officially opened today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government invested $3.5 million towards the redevelopment under the Community Development Grants Programme.

“The programme is providing almost $350 million nationally to infrastructure projects that promote stable, secure and viable local and regional economies,” Senator Nash said.

“This is an excellent new facility for community sport and is a great example of the Australian Government's commitment to building productive infrastructure for local communities, and delivers on our positive Growth Plan for the Central Coast.”

Federal Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks, who attended the official opening, said the new facilities are expected to attract rugby union and league championships and deliver clear economic benefits to the region.

“This is a fantastic day for the Peninsula and our region, and I'd like to thank the thousands of local residents, businesses and sports clubs who worked so hard to help make this project a reality,” Mrs Wicks said.

“Works involved construction and fit out of the 600 seat grandstand, which included player change rooms, amenities, community rooms, referees room, a medical room, clubhouse, ticket booth and kiosk.

“The redevelopment will be a civic centrepiece, with new car parking, scoreboard, café, external dining area, fencing and landscaping, while also boosting local job creation.”

Deputy Premier Troy Grant said the NSW Government is committed to enhancing local facilities to meet the needs of thriving regional communities.

“This transformation is a terrific result for the community, will be the envy of the wider region and is a fantastic example of all levels of government working together,” Mr Grant said.

“I look forward to the Central Coast community flourishing with this first-class sporting precinct that will be home to the region's sporting stars now and well into the future.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald said he was proud to represent the NSW Government at the official opening of the redevelopment.

“Woy Woy Oval is a wonderful community facility and this redevelopment will be a well-loved asset for both locals and visitors to the region for generations to come,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The NSW Government is proud to have invested in this transformation through the ClubGRANTS Category 3 Fund that was established to support healthy lifestyles, through increased participation in sport, recreation, arts and cultural activities.”

Mayor for Gosford City Council Lawrie McKinna said the redeveloped Woy Woy Oval was a modern, regional sporting complex that the community deserved.

“I'm very proud that Council not only devoted $2.75 million towards this project, but also developed the site's master plan, secured $5.54 million in federal and state funding and built it,” Cr McKinna said.

“There is no doubt that without much needed funding from the Australian and NSW governments we might not have been able to get this new sporting facility off the ground.

“The redeveloped oval's integration with the nearby Woy Woy CBD has created a vibrant and accessible community hub that will deliver plenty of fantastic flow on benefits to the region.”

The Woy Woy Oval redevelopment project was jointly funded with the Australian Government investing $3.5 million, NSW Government $2 million and the Gosford City Council $2.75 million.