Council welcomes state grant for athletics track

24 Mar 2016


Newcastle City Council has welcomed a grant by the NSW Government to upgrade the Newcastle Athletics Field in Newcastle West.
The $800,000 grant will help resurface the facility's running track and provide a dedicated outside lane for wheelchair athletes,.
The track upgrade follows a new amenities block provided by Council at the Smith Street sporting complex together with an upgraded car park facility.
"Newcastle City Council has provided brand-new change rooms and a brand-new canteen and led the way," Athletics NSW Recreational Running Manager Scott Westcott said at today's announcement by Deputy Premier Troy Grant and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald. "So we say thank you to you to Newcastle City Council as well."
"We commend the NSW Government for providing the funds for a new surface at the athletics track," Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
"We are delighted to hear that local athletes will be able to train on a quality surface and that provision has also been made for great wheelchair athletes like local hero Kurt Fearnley. Council is looking forward to working closely with Athletics in making this much-needed upgrade a reality.
The Athletics Field and No.1 and No.2 sportsgrounds are part of the Newcastle Regional Sports Precinct, which provides access to organised sporting assets for the community, surrounding schools, visitors and residents to play matches, train and watch sports.
The precinct has hosted a number of major sporting teams and events including:
* A British and Irish Lions Tour; Australia New Zealand Rugby League Test; AP Special Olympics; NAB Cup - AFL; AFC Asian Cup; BUPA Sheffield Shield; Oceania Rugby Championships; NSW Rugby League; NHRU Grand Final; Australian Barbarians Rugby; State Netball Championships; Grand Masters Hockey; ATO Games; Canada University Tour;  Eastern University Games; and the Australian Deaf Games.

Image on home page:  Deputy Premier of NSW Troy Grant and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald with Athletics NSW President Sean Scanlon