Council sticks by venue
SPORTSPARK PLANS GO ON BUT NO STATE AID
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.”