Cam­paign for Green­way Park re­vamp un­der­way with visit from Fed­eral Min­is­ter

Monthly Chronicle - - News - Jenny Bar­lass

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.”

Ju­lian Leeser with Mathias Cor­man and club mem­bers at Green­way Park

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