While 8,000 sports players including some competing at state and national level regularly use Cherrybrook’s Greenway Park clubhouse, its outdated facilities can’t cope.
Reasons to get Berowra MP Julian Leeser fired up to do something about it: not enough change room space resulting in less female participation, little or no shade which sees spectators frying on hot days, inadequate disability access preventing disabled people from participating or spectating and no space for club gatherings.
The hugely popular Shepherds Drive club is used for baseball, softball, AFL and rugby league matches as well as other sports including athletics, with competitors ranging in age from five to grandparents in their eighties.
In a push to secure Federal funding, last week he invited Federal Minister for Finance Mathias Corman to see the club for himself, and to hear from his fellow MP and impassioned club members why they need $2.5 million to build the Greenway Community Sports House.
“Seven sporting clubs of calibre share Greenway Park, and while they call it home, it’s not the most fitting home for them,” said Julian Leeser.
“The clubs came to see me seeking support to upgrade the Sports House. I pledged to take the case to my Federal colleagues, which is why I bought the Minister for Finance to Greenway Park, to show him the strength of community support for this project.”
Ramping up their campaign for Federal funding with a series of Ministerial visits, Mr Leeser’s office confirmed it was also due to show John McVeigh, Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, around Greenway Park.
“He’s responsible for several community development grant programs,” said a spokesperson. “And we hope to have another relevant Minister visiting next month.”