Coun­cil sticks by venue

SPORTSPARK PLANS GO ON BUT NO STATE AID

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Nick Houghton

BLACK­TOWN Mayor Stephen Bali has em­pha­sised the coun­cil’s com­mit­ment to Black­town In­ter­na­tional Sportspark de­spite the venue’s grow­ing costs.

Cr Bali said although the State Gov­ern­ment had cut its $700,000 in fund­ing for the fa­cil­ity, Black­town Coun­cil had no plans to re­duce use of the fa­cil­ity to save money.

“Black­town In­ter­na­tional Sportspark is one of Syd­ney’s blue-rib­bon sports fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

“Los­ing the grant re­duces Black­town Coun­cil’s abil­ity to fund other projects at the sportspark but we are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the fa­cil­ity into the fu­ture.

“I think it’s a fair ar­gu­ment for the State Gov­ern­ment to chip in a bit to sup­port the costs of ground main­te­nance.”

Black­town Coun­cil had es­ti­mated the cost of the fa­cil­ity was likely to ex­ceed $15 mil­lion for the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year.

“Los­ing the fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment hurt how­ever we have bud­geted to take the in­creased cost,” Cr Bali said.

“We have com­mer­cial rent agree­ments with a num­ber of teams.

“We are look­ing into ways we can drive ex­tra rev­enue from the sportspark to se­cure its fu­ture fi­nan­cially.”

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