The Federal Labor Opposition has committed to invest significantly in new community cricket facilities throughout Western Sydney.

If elected on May 18, the Australian Labor Party would invest $1.2 million in a new cricket oval with turf wickets at Whalan Reserve, heavily utilised by cricket clubs from across the Blacktown area.

Federal Labor Member for Chifley Ed Husic made the announcement in Blacktown recently.

Cricket NSW community cricket staff from the Sydney Thunder development region and players from the Blacktown District Cricket Association were also in attendance.

Federal Labor Candidate for Lindsay, Diane Beamer, also announced that her party would commit $500,000 towards the refurbishment of the existing amenities, cricket nets, and the installation of flood lights at Dukes Oval, Emu Plains.

Ms Beamer was joined by Shadow Minister Michelle Rowland, and representatives of the Penrith District Cricket Association, for the announcement.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon welcomed the announcement.

‘Quality playing fields, upgraded change rooms and lighting to grounds will provide greater opportunities for more boys and girls, women and men to play cricket,” Mr Germon said.

“We greatly appreciate the funding commitments announced by Ms Beamer and Mr Husic.

“Sport can help to inspire and unite our communities and these contributions will allow even more people to love our game.”