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Back to Belmore celebrates more funding

Media Statement

12 October 2010

The Back to Belmore lobby group is delighted with the announcement that the NSW Government will contribute $2.5 million for the upgrade of Belmore Sports Ground.

Premier Kristina Keneally's grant to Belmore Sports Ground ensures that the Bulldogs' spiritual home will receive an $8.4 million refurbishment after the Federal Government, Canterbury Council and the Bulldogs contributed a combined $5.9 million for the project in May.

"Back to Belmore is very excited by the announcement as we have recently launched a series of advertisements and promotional material in order to secure more funding for this vital community asset," said Back to Belmore President Luke Brailey.

"We are very optimistic that Belmore Sports Ground will attract more Governmental funding down the track and that ultimately rugby league, rugby union, soccer and other sports will be able to host matches there on top of using the ground as a world-class training facility."

The Belmore Sports Ground advertisements have proven to be an online hit on Back to Belmore's YouTube channel and Facebook page, as they have struck an emotional chord with traditional Canterbury-Bankstown supporters.

The series of advertisements feature Canterbury-Bankstown NRL stars, Sydney Olympic Football Club players and junior rugby league players from the St. Johns Eagles, Milperra Colts, St. Christophers, Greenacre Tigers, Chester Hill Hornets, Revesby Heights and the Bankstown Bulls.

"These junior Clubs are the backbone of rugby league in the Canterbury-Bankstown district and we would like our juniors to be able to aspire to represent the Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground," said Mr Brailey.

"Therefore the ultimate goal of Back to Belmore is to see Belmore Sports Ground developed as a multi-purpose sporting facility to meet the needs of the Canterbury-Bankstown district's aspiring sports players and athletes."

"We are hopeful that people who love and support Belmore's wonderful sporting legacy will help make these critical investments in the future of local sport," said Operations Manager Steven Cataldi.

"The new facilities, plus other renovations, will make much-needed enhancements to this historic facility and enhance the experience of our aspiring athletes."

"Belmore Sports Ground is a beautiful and storied facility, but it is showing the wear and tear of its 90 years of age," Vice President Luke Cevolani said.

"Replacing the training and other facilities will go a long way toward restoring its lustre and giving sports players of all persuasions the kind of quality experience they expect from this amazing venue."

Kogarah's WIN Jubilee Oval has now received $37.6 million in redevelopment funding since 2003 after Premier Kristina Keneally announced a $13 million grant on the same day as the Belmore Sports Ground announcement.

 


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