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SOD TURNING MARKS OFFICIAL LAUNCH FOR FUTURE HOME OF NSW CRICKET

Wednesday, 27 January 2021
For the first time in its 160-year history, NSW cricket has a home of its own.

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon was joined by Federal Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin MP, and State Member for Ku-ring-gai, Alister Henskens SC MP, to officially turn the sod for the $50 million NSW Cricket Centre at Wilson Park, Silverwater in Sydney Olympic Park.

Through the support and generosity of the NSW and Federal Governments, and funding contributions by Cricket Australia and Cricket NSW, construction for Stage 1 has commenced for the world-class training and administration headquarters.

The Centre has been made possible thanks to a $30 million contribution from the NSW Government and a $5 million contribution from the Federal Government.

Stage 1 construction includes a full-sized playing oval to International Cricket Council standard, about 50 outdoor turf practice nets, a 15-lane indoor cricket training facility and a high-performance gym and recovery facilities.

The Centre will be a dedicated year-round cricket training and administration facility that will cater for elite and developing male and female NSW players, as well as thousands of club and community cricketers.

Mr Germon thanked the NSW and Federal Governments for their strong support of cricket.

“This soon to be world-class facility will allow boys and girls to train alongside their NSW cricket heroes, inspiring the next generation of exciting young players,” Mr Germon said. “Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the future of our great game”.

Dr Martin said, “these new facilities will be used all year round and will support cricket at every level, from our local grassroots groups through to elite players. Importantly, the project will also create local jobs during construction that will help secure Australia’s economic comeback."

Alister Henskens, NSW Parliamentary Friends of Cricket co-chair, said, "the Centre is an important community facility. By putting 35,000 community players with elite athletes, it will provide benefits for both groups. This facility will be great for our female athletes, who are the fastest growing group in cricket."

The NSW Cricket Centre will be home to the NSW Blues and NSW Breakers squads and Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers BBL and WBBL squads as well as the headquarters for nearly 150 Cricket NSW staff. The Centre will also be utilised by more than 35,000 club and community cricketers annually.

Stage 1 completion is scheduled for mid-2022.
 
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