Penrith residents can look forward to their first ever international standard athletics track as part of the NSW Government’s and Penrith City Council’s $4 million upgrade of Harold Corr Athletics Track.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres MP said the turning of the first sod at Harold Corr Athletics Track delivered on his promise to provide upgraded sporting infrastructure for Penrith residents.
“I understand how much the Penrith community loves sport and providing upgraded facilities which benefit the entire Penrith sporting community is one of my key priorities,” Mr Ayres said.
“Penrith Athletics Clubs members can look forward to an international standard athletics track in their own back yard.
“These upgrades will improve safety and performance for athletes, giving the athletics community in western Sydney a gold standard track to train and compete on.
“Our region has needed a synthetic running track and it’s great to see this project finally beginning with the support of the NSW Government.”
The NSW Government has committed $2 million to the Harold Corr Athletics Track project which will include the replacement of the sports field with a high-end, synthetic athletics track.
President of Emu Plains Little Athletics Club Kellie Martin said it is very exciting to see this local athletics dream becoming a reality.
“The all-weather track is not only a great investment in outer western Sydney athletics, but it ensures every athlete in our Zone is equally competitive on the same surface as other Zones when it comes to qualifying for representative events,” Ms Martin said.
Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the NSW Government was proud to support these projects which will allow more Western Sydney residents to be healthy and active.
“As we have recently witnessed in the Olympics, sport and active recreation offer many benefits, including teaching teamwork and leadership, encouraging friendship and building resilience and self-confidence,” Mrs Ward said.
“The NSW Government is proud to deliver funding for major upgrades to Penrith sporting facilities which will help people of all ages and abilities in Western Sydney to be healthy and active.”
In addition to Harold Corr Athletics Track, major upgrades are underway at five other sporting facilities in western Sydney as part of a $9.25 million investment in sporting infrastructure from the NSW Government.