By Mick Roberts
13 October 2010 - The Torch
THE return of the Bulldogs is a step closer after the NSW Government confirmed $2.5 million in funding for the upgrade of Belmore Sports Ground on Monday.
The funding will go towards the completion of Stage 1 of the $8.4 million 'Belmore Project', which includes permanent training facilities for the Bulldogs and the conversion of old office and funciton rooms into multi-purpose facilities for community use.
Work will also include upgrading change rooms, ticket offices and improvements to Peter Moore playing fields. Works are expected to be underway by December and be completed by the end of 2011.
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally joined Lakemba MP Rob Furolo, Canterbury MP Linda Burney, Bankstown MP Tony Stewart, Attorney General John Hatzistergos, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs Chairman Ray Dib and former and current players to announce the funding on Monday morning.
"This funding will give local community organisations, clubs and sporting teams' access to contemporary facilities at Belmore Sports Ground," the Premier said.
Bulldogs chairman Ray Dib said the club was fortunate to have the backing "of all levels of government" in its efforts to bring the Bulldogs home to Belmore Sports Ground.
"We are another step closer to giving the people of Belmore and the wider Canterbury-Bankstown district a sporting facility of distinction, one they can be proud to have in their backyard," he said.
Back to Belmore president Luke Brailey said the announcement was a major victory for sporting bodies in the Canterbury-Bankstown district.
"The completion of the upgrade in 2011 will ensure that this iconic sporting facility will keep meeting the needs of our local community," he said.