High-flying Jets land a new place to call home
‘LONG OVERDUE’ MOVE TO HELP CLUB EXPAND
BLACKTOWN Council has approved a new $4.5 million home for the Minchinbury Jets Junior Rugby League Club.
The new grounds, at Federation Forest Reserve on the corner of Simpson Hill Rd and the Great Western Highway, will include two international-standard fields, two mini fields and a modified field, a new amenities block, parking and lighting.
The Jets will move into their new home from the three grounds they cur- rently use – Mt Druitt Town Centre and May Cowpe Reserve, where they play, and Burruex Reserve, which is used for training.
The Jets will give up May Cowpe Reserve after the end of the season in September.
The club will also surrender Mt Druitt Town Centre as soon as the new site is up and running. It is not yet known when construction is set to begin.
The works are expected to begin in 2017, but the Jets and the council hope to see some work start as early as next year.
Minchinbury’s committee member and former president Barry Jones said the new grounds would allow the club to expand.
The Jets have about 650 players, from under-6s to Agrade.
“Because we have grown so big in 22 years, there is no room for expansion,” Mr Jones said. “We started (campaigning for this) at the end of 2013. We started talking to (Blacktown Mayor) Stephen tions.”
Cr Bali said the development was “long overdue” for the club.
“The club has been spread across three different locations,” he said. “Minchinbury is one of the largest clubs in Blacktown. It’s long overdue for a very successful club.”
Mr Jones said the consolidation of three fields into one would also be of financial benefit to the club.
“It will be saving
us money in the long run – having the big field instead of the little ones,” Mr Jones said.
Jets’ under-6s and Agrade coach Ryan Jones said he was excited the club finally had a place to call home.
“I just think it’s great for the club to finally have our own home ground,” he said.
“We’ve been pushing for this for about 20 years.
“Everyone across whole club is excited.”
The plans for the new site will be on public exhibition until July 31 and can be viewed at blacktown.nsw.gov.au.
The Minchinbury Jets Junior Rugby League Club coach Ryan Jones and junior players Jacob Halangahu, 8, Alessandro Maestrale, 5, and Sasoa Fagaloa, 5, are all excited that the club will soon have a new home ground at Federation Forest Reserve.