Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon has heralded a $6M upgrade to Tempe Reserve - a multi-sport facility in Sydney’s Inner West - as a massive win for cricket.

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne, along with local sporting club officials, including those from Marrickville Cricket Club, opened the first stage of the upgraded Tempe Reserve sporting grounds last Saturday.

Along with four new cricket nets and two upgraded wickets, the first stage of the upgrade includes a new synthetic multi-purpose sports field, five turf fields with new irrigation, stormwater drainage and harvesting, flood lighting upgrade and new pathways and tree planting.

Germon said the $6M upgrade was funded by Inner West Council and grants from Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund and the NSW Office of Sport ICC T20 World Cup Cricket Legacy Funds.

“The redevelopment of this facility is a win for cricket and has been made possible by the collaboration between club, council, NSW Government and Cricket NSW and means the people of the Inner West have another opportunity to play and love cricket in their area,” Germon said.

“We look forward to the community being able to maximise the benefits of this joint effort for cricket and other forms of recreation.”

Inner West Mayor, Darcy Byrne said, “This upgrade will be of massive benefit to local sports clubs as it will result in the increased use of Tempe Reserve by multiple sport including football, cricket, rugby league and ultimate frisbee. Local clubs Marrickville Red Devils and Marrickville Cricket have new home grounds for their girls and women’s team.

“This the first step in a bigger and better sporting infrastructure at Tempe. We have an opportunity to create a regional sporting precinct that will benefit the whole of the Inner West.

“The is part of Inner West’s commitment to create more opportunities for female participation in sport.”

Future plans for Tempe Reserve include a new $2.5 million amenities building, a $2 million sport lighting upgrade, new tennis and futsal courts and an upgrade of the indoor Robyn Webster Sports Centre.