Local cricketers can continue their quest to don baggy greens or blues in style with the $1.2 million upgrade of Memorial Oval to support the growth of cricket participation across the Macarthur region.
Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves and Campbelltown’s Mayor George Greiss unveiled the new facilities alongside representatives from the Ingleburn RSL Cricket Club and Ingleburn Magpies Junior AFL.
“After the last cricket season was interrupted by COVID-19, this new facility will be a great way to welcome back many players and provide hard-working club volunteers with state-of-the-art new facilities,” Cr Greiss said.
The facility upgrades include light pole upgrade, new irrigation lines, female-friendly change rooms, meeting room, umpire’s room, storage and resurfacing of the practice cricket nets.
The program has been jointly-funded by Campbelltown Council and a $100,000 grant from the NSW Government’s ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund.
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the NSW Government’s Legacy Fund is helping to create a positive legacy as a result of the NSW hosting seven ICC T20 World Cup 2022 matches.
“The NSW Government has provided $6 million to clubs and councils to support more than 200 projects across NSW, and it’s great to see the positive impact it’s having on the game,” he said.
Mr Sidgreaves said the improvements will cater for the rise in female cricketers and footy players in Sydney’s south-west.
“These upgrades mean that the local Macarthur association and clubs can continue to increase female participation in sport by providing facilities that are inclusive, safe and welcoming for everyone,” he said.