Work underway on Doug Rennie Fields upgrade

Melissa McIntosh, Stuart Ayres and Tricia Hitchen at Doug Rennie Fields.
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Upgrades are in full swing at Doug Rennie Fields.

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres joined Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh and Mayor Tricia Hitchen to kick-off construction.

The Doug Rennie amenities building upgrade is set to include two unisex change rooms, an officials change room, canteen, storage, accessible toilets, landscaping and spectator seating.

“Sport is part of the fabric of the Penrith community and this amenity building upgrade is a win for our local sporting community,” Mr Ayres said.

“Investing in new and existing sports amenities is vital to ensure players, coaches volunteers and spectators have the best possible facilities to encourage ongoing active participation.”

Ms Hitchen said Doug Rennie Field was the latest sportsground to receive an upgrade to improve sport and recreation infrastructure across the Penrith LGA.

“We want to ensure that everyone in the community has opportunities to participate in sport and other physical activities by having access to high quality facilities,” Cr Hitchen said.

“Council values the support of the Australian and NSW Government in partnering with us to deliver these community facilities which are in demand by local sporting groups and residents.”

Ms McIntosh said it’s wonderful that our community will benefit from these much-needed upgrades, particularly local kids who need active and healthy lifestyles.

“I’m pleased to deliver my 2019 election commitment and have all three levels of government working together to ensure great outcomes for our community,” she said.

The upgrade is partially funded with $750,000 through the NSW Government’s Greater Cities Sports Facility Fund with contributions from Penrith City Council and the Australian Government.

The Greater Cities Sports Facility Fund saw $50 million awarded to sporting bodies and councils over two years for new and upgraded sports facilities to improve health and wellbeing and to create construction and employment opportunities.

Penrith Waratahs Club Secretary Tony Fil welcomed the upgrade.

“Penrith Waratahs is a founding club of Penrith Junior League and we are extremely excited about the new facilities that are to be built at our home ground Doug Rennie Field,” he said.

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