Promise cash for sporting facilities, river boost

Panania Diggers have welcomed funding to upgrade and extend the change rooms and storage facilities at their home ground at Kelso Park South.

FEDERAL MP for Banks, David Coleman, has promised $1 million towards the restoration of the Georges River catchment, $1.3 million towards constructing a synthetic football field in Padstow and $200,000 for upgrades at Kelso Park South in Panania.

He says the Georges River is one of Sydney’s iconic waterways and it is important “we keep it healthy”.
“This project will improve the health of the river through litter traps, revegetation and weed control as well as allowing for the rehabilitation of key sites,” he said.
“We will work with groups like the Georges Riverkeeper Committee, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and NSW Parks and Wildlife to deliver this funding.”
He also announced funds for the synthetic field which wouldl mean that sporting groups would be able to use the space all year round.
The Bankstown District Amateur Football Association plans on constructing the new field at Stuart Street Reserve in Padstow, the home ground of the Padstow Hornets.
President of the Hornets, Geoff Taplin, said the funding was a significant boost for football in the local area.
“This is great news for local sporting clubs, who will benefit immensely from improved facilities,” he said.