Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Heroes - MP By Ju­lian Leeser

GREEN­WAY PARK is the site of sport­ing ex­cel­lence – fea­tur­ing six suc­cess­ful clubs who punch well above their weight. It’s a great tes­ta­ment to the strength of these clubs and its vol­un­teers that so many sport­ing stars be­gan their ca­reers at Green­way Park – be it Olympic hur­dler Michelle Jen­neke, Syd­ney Swans’ Kieren Jack or Crick­eter Denise An­netts. More than 2,000 fam­i­lies and 8,000 players are con­nected to the seven clubs who use Green­way: Penno Stags Rugby League, Pen­nant Hills Se­nior AFL, West­brook Ju­nior AFL, Green­way Giants Base­ball, West Pen­nant Hills/Cher­ry­brook Cricket, Cher­ry­brook Net­ball Club and Cher­ry­brook Ath­let­ics. They call it their sport­ing home, but in its cur­rent sad state, it’s not the most fit­ting home for our com­mu­nity clubs.

That’s why the clubs and I are push­ing for the fund­ing of a Sports House to make Green­way great. We want to im­prove the change rooms to en­cour­age fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion, pro­vide more spec­ta­tor shade and bol­ster dis­abled ac­cess. As the clubs them­selves told me at a round­table meet­ing – ‘sport­ing clubs are the mod­ern heart of a healthy com­mu­nity’. I’m work­ing to make our com­mu­nity the best it can be.

It’s been great to con­duct com­mu­nity catch-ups over the past month, in Wise­man’s Ferry, Cher­ry­brook and West Pen­nant Hills. It’s al­ways im­por­tant to hear di­rectly from you about the is­sues that mat­ter most. Next month on Satur­day, 7 April I’ll be at An­nan­grove shops from 9.00am – 11.00am and I look for­ward to see­ing you there.

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