The State Government has announced it will allocate funding towards the development of a business case for an upgrade of Panthers Stadium.
Acting Sports Minister Geoff Lee has confirmed feasibility studies will be undertaken on both Panthers Stadium and Brookvale Oval.
It comes after the NRL, through ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys, expressed disappointment that only Kogarah Oval was allocated funding in the State Budget.
“We know there is interest in communities to overhaul community grounds so we are firstly doing the planning work to make sure the costs stack-up,” Mr Lee said.
“We are serious about continuing our investment into community infrastructure and the business cases for these suburban grounds will give us the best insights on the community benefits for revitalisation.
“When we build and renew community infrastructure we get the benefits for the people of NSW. Revamping infrastructure like local grounds in Sydney’s South, North and West is a catalyst for jobs and economic growth, as well as providing communities with uplift in amenity and livability.
“Just look at how Bankwest Stadium has become a fan favourite, no matter what sport you follow.
“It’s important to get the basics right with these business cases so we can make informed decisions regarding any future investment into suburban grounds.”
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.