Joint Media Release with the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese.
Member for Watson, Tony Burke, and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, today committed to build the Sydney Multicultural Arts and Sports Precinct in Belmore if Labor forms Government after the next election.
The announcement comes three years after Mr Burke and Mr Albanese made an initial commitment to the precinct, along with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sydney Olympic Football Club and Canterbury City Council.
However, without a matching commitment from the NSW Liberal Government the project has been in limbo. Today's announcement means if Labor forms Government after the next election, the Sydney Multicultural Arts and Sports Precinct will be built.
Mr Burke said he was proud to deliver the arts and sports precinct for the local community.
“I’ve been working closely with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Sydney Olympic Football Club and Canterbury City Council over the past four years, and I’m proud we’ve been able to make this commitment,” Mr Burke said.
“Our local area has long been a home for multicultural engagement in sport, and now our area will have the first multicultural arts facility for this part of Sydney. It will also provide opportunities for artists, administrators, support staff and technical personnel involved in staging exhibitions, performances and events.”
Mr Albanese said arts and sports have always played a strong part in the local community and this project delivers opportunities for local sporting clubs and artists.
“This project will combine two of the community’s great passions – arts and sport – into a single hub in the heart of one of Sydney’s most multicultural areas. It recognises the region’s need for a flagship facility and the lack of dedicated multicultural arts facility.
“The new precinct will attract international events and more visitors to the region, boost the local arts scene and secure the future of the Belmore Sports Ground as key infrastructure for south west Sydney.”
The precinct will comprise of seating for 1,700 at Belmore Sports Ground and Peter Moore Field, dedicated performing and visual art spaces and a two kilometre specially designed pathway linking the precinct to the town centre and public transport.
Labor's commitment amounts to an additional $4 million from the Federal Government to make the precinct a reality if the NSW Liberal Government continues to not match Federal Labor’s initial commitment.