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SUPPORTER’S REPORT


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ocated in the heart of Western Sydney, the City boasts a diverse population with 184 nationalities represented across the city.


Blacktown City Council’s ongoing


commitment to provide sport and recreation opportunities for not only the city but the wider Western Sydney region, is demonstrated across a variety of facilities including a new 16-court tennis facility and the spectacular Blacktown International Sportspark precinct. Since its inception as a playing and


training venue for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney has continued to grow as a sports hub for elite and community sport. With professional teams from baseball (Sydney Blue Sox), football (Western Sydney Wanderers FC), Cricket (Lend Lease Breakers, NSW Speed Blitz Blues and Sydney Thunder) and Australian Football (The AFL GWS Giants Academy) together with softball, athletics and the International Goalkeepers Academy, the Sportspark attracts more than half a million visitors each year. Blacktown City Council, together with the Sportspark’s managing agent Blacktown


38 FAMILY OFFICE: THE FUTURE


Venue Management Ltd, has developed a master plan for the Sportspark to further establish its status as the heart of sport in Western Sydney. The master creates a long- term vision which identifies key infrastructure and facility development that will provide elite clubs and grass roots sport with state of the art playing and training venues. The master plan will also create a valuable community destination for leisure, recreation, sport and wellbeing together with commercial opportunities. From a sport and leisure perspective


the master plan contains designs for a new high performance and community sports complex with gym, sports hall, aquatics, sports medicine and science, community meeting and education rooms; low cost accommodation for academy students; food and beverage; improved softball and baseball stadia and complete rectangular and oval stadia. “The addition of high performance facilities,


sports medicine, recovery and accommodation will suit the accommodation and preparation needs of major sport teams, as will the development and/or extension of stadium


– A Sporting City


Blacktown City is home to 1 in every 70 Australians and is regarded as one of the fastest growing Local Government areas in Australia.


infrastructure,” says Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Len Robinson. “Whether in the near future or further down the line, we believe our region deserves world-class sporting facilities and Blacktown City Council is presently exploring opportunities to make this happen.” Commercial opportunities have also


been explored including retail and office space. The development of a hotel, with a projected investment AUD$56 million, could create between 70-100 construction jobs and ongoing 84 operational jobs and further enhance the precinct as a valuable asset for the region. The investment of AUD$644 million in


developing the Blacktown International Sportspark is estimated to reap a variety of economic rewards across the city through providing increased wages in the Blacktown labour force, combined with an increase in visitor spending, of approximately $1.03 billion over a 25-year time-frame. The implementation of the master


plan could see visitation to the Blacktown International Sportspark Sydney almost triple to approximately 1.57 million visitors per annum.


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