Camden locals have been watching it’s progress for months and now the first stage of the Narellan Sports Hub is almost complete.
The huge development – $10.93 million for stage one – will cater to the growing region’s sporting needs in a central location – the corner of The Northern Road and Porrende Street, Narellan.
The first stage, which includes the construction of 30 netball courts, an amenities building, a playground, access roads and 400 car parking spaces, is due to be in operation next month.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak said it was great to the project coming to fruition.
“This is one of the biggest projects this term of council will see through,” she said.
“I am very proud of this project and I’m so happy people will soon be able to utilise it.”
A council spokeswoman said the construction schedule and budget were all coming in as planned in June.
The mayor said the location – “just down the road from the junction of The Northern Road, Camden Valley Way and Narellan Road” – was one of the sports hub’s greatest assets.
“It’s geographically right in the heart of the local government area,” she said.
“It will be easily accessible for our residents as the region continues to grow.”
Cr Symkowiak said it was pleasing that Camden’s netball groups would soon be moving over to the new facility.
After the completion of stage one, a further 14 netball courts are due to be constructed.
“When the netball groups move over to the sports hub it will free up space at the current Kirkham site,” Cr Symkowiak.
“Then we can look at utilising that location for something else.”
Cr Symkowiak anticipated the sports hub would continually be booked up by local sporting groups on weekends but said there was great opportunity for schools during the week.
“I can absolutely see schools using the facility for athletics carnivals on weekdays when sporting groups aren’t using it,” she said.
When complete, the sports hub will also cater for various athletic sports, include grounds which can be used for a wide variety of sports and house a special ‘multi-sport’ hub.