Funding announced for Wilton Recreation Reserve
Posted on: 23.01.2019
In great news for the Wilton community, Wollondilly Council has been successful in its application for funding towards the implementation of the master plan for Wilton Recreation Reserve.
The announcement was made today by NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, who pledged over $2 million towards the project.
In December 2018 Council made an application through the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund for funding towards implementing the master plan, which had been developed in consultation with sporting groups and community members.
The funding will go towards a new multi-purpose facility (approx. $1.7 million), four new multi-purpose courts (approx. $390,000) and female friendly upgrades to the AFL building including female change rooms and referee rooms (approx. $140,000).
Council is contributing $1.5 million for a new sportsground, which is currently under construction and is due for completion in March 2019, and finalising the design of the multi-purpose facility.
Design has already begun on the multi-purpose facility, with the injection of funds allowing for fast tracking of the next step which will be to issue a tender for the construction of the building, with the intent to start work in mid 2019.
Mayor Matthew Deeth said, “This is a huge step forward in implementing a master plan for the existing Wilton community and also for the Wilton New Town.”
“Today’s announcement will allow us to fully fund the parts of the plan we didn’t have funding for under Section 94, and will allow the development of the facilities to continue full steam ahead.”
“On behalf of Councillors, staff and the community I would like to thank Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres for making this money available,” he said.
The funding will assist Council in meeting the objectives of the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund program and the Wilton Recreation Reserve project: to increase the number and type of sporting facilities; to improve the standard of the available sporting facilities to meet current and future needs; and to encourage increased female participation in sport.