Over $4.5 Million For Upgraded Facilities at Ernie Smith Reserve

07 Mar 2019 moorebank community

The Southern Districts Soccer Football Association Community is set to benefit from $4.5 million of NSW Government funding to upgrade facilities at Ernie Smith Reserve in Moorebank.

NSW Sports Minister, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MP and State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP announced funding today outlining plans for upgraded training facilities, to be used by the Western Sydney Wanderers, the Matildas and the local community.

State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP welcomed the NSW Government’s investment in the region.

“These upgrades will encourage more female players and children to get involved with sport, which is an important focus for our community,” Ms Gibbons said.

“This upgrade will be fantastic for the community and will see a number of clubs and organisations able to utilise the training and competition facilities, as well as providing an important sporting facility for women and children especially.

“This announcement goes hand in hand with our doubling of the Active Kids Rebate – which now provides $200 a year for each school aged child to participate in sport.” Ms Gibbons said.

A two-stage upgrade will see installation a of new astro turf playing surface, extensions to amenities buildings and new stadium seating, security fencing, new change rooms, lighting installation and a carpark upgrade.

NSW Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres MP said this was great news for South Western Sydney community with a number of sporting organisations benefitting from the upgrade.

“These upgrades at Ernie Smith Reserve are another example of how the NSW Government is helping improve sporting facilities around the state, supporting key stakeholders and the wider community,” Minister Ayres said.

President of Southern Districts Soccer Football Association, Mr Andy Favaloro said that with 10,000 kids involved with the association, this is an amazing funding commitment secured by Melanie Gibbons.

“It is an wonderful future for our association and community – this funding will go a long way to supporting our youth and womens’ programs.” Mr Favaloro said.