The revitalisation of White City received a boost today with confirmation of $7.5 million funding from the NSW Government towards the redevelopment project.
The NSW Government’s commitment matches an announcement earlier this year of a $7.5 million grant from the Federal Government for the project.
The $60 million redevelopment, being undertaken by the Hakoah Club, transforms the once iconic but now rundown tennis complex in Paddington, into a contemporary multi-faceted sports and community venue.
The President of Hakoah Club, Mr Steven Lowy AM, welcomed the support provided by the NSW Government.
“I wish to thank the State Government and, in particular, Minister Natalie Ward for her support and for sharing our bold vision for the revitalisation of White City and its immense positive impact on the local community.”
Mr Lowy went on to say “Hakoah Club was founded in 1938 and has a proud history serving the Sydney community. While the vast majority of funding for the project has come from the Jewish community, the Club has always welcomed members of all backgrounds and will continue this inclusive tradition at White City. Membership will be affordable, with individual memberships expected in the $20 per month range at opening planned for late 2023.”
Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said providing sport facilities that meet the needs and expectations of all members of the community is a NSW Government priority and the transformation of White City will help achieve that goal.
“Investing in new and existing sports infrastructure is vital to improving the health and wellbeing of NSW residents,” Mrs Ward said.
“The redevelopment of White City will provide modern, accessible sports facilities for everyone in the community, allowing more people to enjoy the benefits of sport and active recreation.”
Gabrielle Upton MP, Member for Vaucluse said the Hakoah Club has a proud and strong history of community leadership in sport and recreation.
“This funding will support the Club in that important role. It will also give my local community long awaited and badly needed additional recreational facilities at White City which has long been rundown and under-utilised,” Ms Upton said.
The new sports facilities, including the football field, learn to swim pool, tennis courts operated by Sydney Maccabi Tennis Club, basketball, netball and futsal courts as well as the gym, fitness and wellness centre, and café will be open to non-club members.
Schools, community organisations, charities and special needs groups will be able to make use of the facilities without club membership.
The project is shovel ready, with detailed development approval and consent conditions in place.
According to the Woollahra Recreational Needs Assessment, there is a critical shortage for indoor sports, heated swimming pools, and substantial shortages for soccer, and basketball/netball in the area. With quality facilities, at a convenient location for these activities, the Project will substantially increase participation in sports and wellness activities in the inner-city and east.
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