The first sod of soil has been turned for the construction of a significant new metropolitan Cricket and Community Centre at Penshurst Park in the southern suburbs of Sydney, which is the result of a co-investment between Georges River Council, Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia.
The indoor and outdoor community facility will be the first of its kind in New South Wales and will provide an elite training base for the Lendlease Breakers as well as community cricketers of all ages.
It will involve the construction of a six-lane indoor training centre and a first-class outdoor turf training facility with six pitches. The development will also comprise complimentary facilities such as office accommodation, exercise station, gender neutral change rooms and player facilities, sports medical rooms, umpire rooms, floodlighting and storage facilities.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Andrew Jones, who attended Tuesday’s event, said the new facility at Penshurst Park is going to be a wonderful facility for the St George and NSW Cricket communities.
“At the same time our game is experiencing unprecedented growth for women and men, girls and boys, we have a chronic facilities crisis,” said Mr. Jones.
“Penshurst Park will not only accommodate cricket’s growth, it will also be a benchmark facility for the game. We are delighted construction is underway and can’t wait to use the completed facility.”
Among the other dignitaries in attendance included Georges River Council Mayor and Cricket NSW Board Member Kevin Greene, and local star, Breakers fast bowler Rene Farrell.
Cricket NSW in partnership with Cricket Australia have collectively pledged $400,000 to the project.
The indoor facility will also incorporate an area for the shared use by Cricket NSW administrative and coaching staff and the St George District Cricket Club.
The development will incorporate four synthetic turf pitches for the exclusive use by the community.
The upgraded facilities also include many other amenities available to the community.