Campbelltown Mayor Dr George Greiss turned the first sod on the new state-of-the-art indoor cricket facility to be built at Raby Oval.

The $4.86 million project will include six lanes and nets, increasing the capacity of the facility for all-weather training year-round.

Dr Greiss was accompanied by Member for Leppington Nathan Hagarty MP, Campbelltown-Camden District Cricket Club President Morris Iemma, Dean Hunter and David Tricca from Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia.

“The new indoor cricket centre will supplement the existing world-class facilities and increase opportunities for high performance training and coaching in the region to ensure the next generation of local cricket stars can learn and develop their skills,” Dr Greiss said.

Member for Leppington, Nathan Hagarty MP, noted that Macarthur is home to some of the best up-and-coming athletes in the nation and “this project will ensure they can hone their craft right at home.”

The project is funded by Council, the NSW Government through the NSW Greater Cities Sport Facility Fund and NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund as well as Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW.

“Raby Indoor Cricket Centre project is another great example of several stakeholders working together in an effort to improve infrastructure that will help inspire more people to play and love cricket,” Cricket NSW CEO, Lee Germon said.