Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson today welcomed $500,000 in funding for the upgrade of the Ian McLennan Park football pitch.

“I supported the funding application by Football South Coast to install a synthetic pitch.

“I am very pleased that the funding I supported has been approved under the ClubGRANTS category 3 program.

“This is a very important development for football in the Illawarra.

“However, it does not absolve the State Government for failing to provide funding for Football South Coast’s real dream of a permanent Home for Football at West Dapto.

“Gareth Ward had an opportunity to fund that crucial development when his Government sold off the Port of Port Kembla.

“He chose to reject Football South Coast’s application under the $100 million Illawarra Infrastructure Fund.

“NSW Labor instead pledged $7.8 million during the 2015 state election to build a new, permanent Home for Football in the Illawarra”, Ms Watson said.

Labor’s pledge would have been funded from the $380 million Illawarra Investment and Infrastructure Fund.


22 March 2016