Multi-million dollar funding boost for cricket in Penrith

March 6, 2015 by  

The NSW government has offered up $50,000 in funding for the Penrith Cricket Club to help improve facilities on the ground.

The funding was allocated under the State Community Building Partnership scheme and will be put towards the renewal of the club’s Howell Oval cricket pitch in Penrith, New South Wales .

The club also plans to install automated irrigation. The general manager, Steve Small, was delighted with the financial support from the government.

He said the $50,000 could not have come at a better time as the club was into the next stage of a plan to create a first-class cricket venue at Howell Oval, which could be used by men and women from across Western Sydney.

Small added that ongoing support from the authorities, as well as assistance from key stakeholders in the cricket arena – including Sydney Thunder and Cricket NSW – could lead to the club’s ground becoming a showpiece for cricket in the west.

Making improvements to the grounds and facilities, he said, could also boost the club’s profile. This, in turn, could make it more appealing for brochure printers who promote the sport within the community.

Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres MP, who recommended the cricket club for funding, said the Community Building Partnership helped community groups including hobby groups, councils, sporting, and youth organisations maintain, refurbish, build and fund important infrastructure.

He said the Howell Oval upgrade would provide many benefits to players of all ages.