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May 20, 2010

The famed blue and white stripes of the Canterbury jersey are likely to once again grace Belmore Sports Ground as the Bulldogs plan a return to their spiritual home.

Belmore Sports Ground will be transformed into a showpiece sporting hub for Sydney's southwestern suburbs under a major redevelopment to be announced by Federal Minister for Infrastructure Anthony Albanese tomorrow.

The Bulldogs will unveil plans for a $5 million overhaul of their spiritual home ground before Monday's clash with the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium.

State-of-the-art facilities, new offices for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs NRL club, and a home for local sporting clubs feature in the makeover plan.

"The project will secure over 80 years of sporting history at Belmore Sports Ground and establish a valuable community hub for the Canterbury-Bankstown district." said Back to Belmore Operations Manager Steve Cataldi.

"The redevelopment of this iconic facility will help make Belmore a focus for the local community."

Back to Belmore President Luke Brailey said the historic ground had become a 'dilapidated graveyard' after years of neglect and abandonment.

"This is a fantastic community asset that has been ignored and neglected for too long. Every square centimetre of this iconic facility can be utilised for all sporting and community activities," he said.

"In three years time, it could be throbbing with activity and once again become the heart and soul of Belmore."

Vice President Luke Cevolani said that if sport is to prosper at Belmore, modern facilities that are welcoming and safe for athletes and spectators would provide safer and more attractive facilities.

"This in turn will help promote greater participation in sport, which is a key objective of Back to Belmore." he said.

An independent feasibility study commissioned by Back to Belmore Inc. this year costed the redevelopment at $8-$15 million.

 


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