Belmore Sports Ground could soon be home to a new multicultural arts and sports precinct if a local plan gets off the ground.
Member for Watson, Tony Burke MP, together with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sydney Olympic Football Club and Canterbury City Council, is working to deliver a new Multicultural Arts and Sports Precinct in Belmore.
“Arts and sports have always played a strong part in the community of Sydney and of the South West region,” Mr Burke said.
“The Multicultural Arts and Sports Precinct would bring these two together with a single precinct based at Belmore Sports Ground.
“I am astonished that there is no multicultural arts facility in our part of Sydney. “Every other capital city in Australia recognises the importance of a multicultural arts centre. It’s about time Sydney does too.
“For more than a century, new immigrants have made their home in this part of Sydney. Even if they later move to other areas the connection to here remains.
“I’m working with Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sydney Olympic Football Club and Canterbury City Council to deliver this new facility for Sydney.”
The precinct will comprise two grandstands; one at the southern end of Belmore Oval in the area known to Bulldogs fans as the Kennel. The top tier of this stand will hold office and administrative facilities and a visual arts centre. The second grandstand will be at Peter Moore Field where Sydney Olympic play, this facility will also have office and administrative facilities, as well as facilities capable of being used for performance or visual arts.
In addition, the precinct will be linked by a designed pathway detailing the story of Indigenous arts and sport through to the waves of immigration from every continent and the Pacific.
“Our region is a place full of stories. They’re people’s stories and they’re the threads that bind us all together,” Mr Burke said.
“The stories that people bring with them are part of what makes us a community. The Multicultural arts and sports precinct will enable the sharing of all our different experiences to tell the story of our nation and our region.
“Multiculturalism needs a home. And that home should be Belmore.”
The proposal has applied for funding under Round Four of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF).