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Media Statement

October 23, 2006

Back to Belmore is renewing its plea that Belmore Sports Ground be saved and restored as a multi-purpose sporting facility, with a petition of 3,000 signatures gathered by the executive committee.

Back to Belmore President Luke Brailey said the petition was a compelling argument to preserve the iconic venue's heritage.

"There's plenty more signatures to come; we hope to get 10,000 signatures. For the past 18 months, we have knocked on doors, walked the streets of Belmore and attended local sporting fixtures to safeguard this amazing facility for the next generation of sports players," he said.

"The response has evidently been overwhelming. Clearly, many people want to keep Belmore's sporting heritage alive for future generations. It is now up to the Bulldogs, the traditional stakeholders of the venue, as well as the Iemma and Howard Governments to step up to the plate and take decisive action to bring Belmore back to its former glory."

Mr Brailey said he was confident the community could eventually convince the state and federal governments to allocate funding to upgrade Belmore Sports Ground.

"In order for Belmore Sports Ground to be restored, it needs to be a venue that caters for all sports. Our committee will work in a productive manner with all sporting groups to make this happen," he said.

"Any proponent of sport and the development of aspiring athletes in the District would be hard pressed to mount a compelling argument as to why the venue should not be restored."




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