Australians are still two weeks from heading to the polls to decide who forms government, but already the 2022 election campaign has seen both major parties make significant commitments to boost cricket across NSW, from the grassroots to first class.

This week, the Member for North Sydney, Trent Zimmerman, announced a re-elected Coalition would provide $6 million to upgrade the iconic North Sydney Oval to cement its role as the home of women’s cricket in NSW and one of the most popular grounds in Sydney.

The commitment will enhance the venue’s standing as a hub for the community and a leading host of cricket, rugby league and rugby union.

The works upgrades to the playing surface, refurbishments of public amenities including toilets and concession points, accessibility improvements, upgrades to facilities for athletes and match officials and improvements to media and broadcast facilities.

“North Sydney Oval has a legendary status for so many sports and their fans, with its historic grandstands, the famous fig tree and its iconic hill,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“These plans will protect the Oval’s heritage and character while cementing its future.”

Women’s cricket has been played on the Oval since the 1950s and more recently it has hosted the 2009 Women’s Cricket World Cup Final and the inaugural Women’s Ashes Day/Night Test in 2017 where Ellyse Perry scored her incredible double century.

“There are few places that are as well-loved as North Sydney Oval in my community and this major investment will allow it to write a new history in women’s sport,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“These changes will put North Sydney Oval in an even stronger position to attract more events to benefit the community and all sporting users of the Oval.”

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon said the upgrade would solidify North Sydney Oval as the home of women’s cricket in Australia.

“Cricket NSW would like to thank the Federal Government and the Member for North Sydney for their commitment to fund a significant upgrade of North Sydney Oval,” Germon said.

“North Sydney is the unofficial ‘home’ of women’s cricket in Australia and the upgraded venue with purpose-built facilities for women only enhances that reputation.

“The funding would not have been made possible without collaboration between the Federal Government, North Sydney Council and Cricket NSW and we look forward to the community being able to maximise the benefits of this joint effort for cricket and other forms of recreation.”

Image: NSW Breakers Anika Learoyd, Claire Moore, Phoebe Litchfield and Sammy-Jo Johnson with Adelaide Dalton from North Sydney District JCC

Image: Senator Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for Women and Trent Zimmerman MP, Member for North Sydney speak with NSW Breakers players

Earlier in the campaign, Labor candidate for Parramatta, Dr Andrew Charlton, announced a new Labor Government would provide $6.2 million for the development of Richie Benaud Oval - giving it a central turf wicket - a new pavilion and practice nets.

Dr Charlton said the commitment would “make this a modern, high-quality sporting facility that our community can be proud of.”

This is the first stage of Parramatta Council’s Belmore Park masterplan and will become a new home for the Parramatta District Cricket Club. Parramatta District Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in Australia (Est. 1843) and yet Parramatta LGA does not have any turf wickets for its men’s & women’s teams to play on. This commitment will change that.

This commitment is the culmination of many years of hard work by the Club with the Council.