High-fly­ing Jets land a new place to call home

‘LONG OVER­DUE’ MOVE TO HELP CLUB EX­PAND

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

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.

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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.

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Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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.

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