Griffith’s new multi-million dollar Regional Sports Precinct development took another leap forward today with work getting underway on an $18m redevelopment of the Westend Oval area.

The ceremonial event came as the city’s new Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre was officially launched after the 50m pool complex opened its doors to members of the public several weeks ago.

Farrer MP Sussan Ley was on hand to mark both events and noted it was a real red-letter day for Griffith’s sporting and social amenities.

“Redeveloping and building first class facilities like the Aquatic Centre and Westend Oval is not only good for the city’s sporting groups, it keeps our community fitter and children more active and helps attract visitors and events, which is good for local business.”

“While my government was able to commit funding ($4.5m) to get both projects underway, I really want to commend both Griffith City Council and the NSW Coalition Government for the massive injection of funding they are contributing to make this happen.”

Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Deputy Premier, Steph Cooke, said Griffith’s Regional Sports Precinct would provide a world-class sport and recreation venue for people of all abilities.

“The new complex will attract regional and state sport events to the city which will create jobs and lead to positive economic flow-on effects for the community, while increasing participation in sports and improving pathways for talent.”

“The NSW Nationals are building a safer, stronger regional NSW and this network of spaces and places will enable participation in sport and active recreation at all levels,” Ms Cooke said.

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi also thanked council’s staff and contractors for assisting to bring the $8m Aquatic Centre to reality.

“I think we can all agree the new 50 metre pool is a valuable asset to our community – a facility welcomed by all and already well used by residents, visitors, schools and the swim club.”

The Australian Government’s $4.5m contribution to the Regional Sports Precinct comes from the Building Better Regions Fund, supporting our commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the future.

The Westend Oval development will build new indoor courts to host basketball, volleyball and badminton, seven new outdoor netball courts, a synthetic running track, grandstand, new kiosk and change rooms.

The final stage of the precinct plan is a $1m redevelopment at Jubilee Oval, creating new facilities for players and spectators for both cricket and local football codes.