The upgrade of the Belmore Sports Ground was set at $2.5 million, and it was announced this afternoon by NSW Premier Kristina Keneally.
â€œThis $2.5 million grant will be used to upgrade the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogsâ€™ home turf at Belmore Sports Ground and will bring major benefits to the game and local community,â€ Ms Keneally said.
â€œThe redevelopment will give the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs new facilities for a permanent training base as well as creating new opportunities for other users.
â€œThis funding will give local community organisations, clubs and sporting teamsâ€™ access to contemporary facilities at Belmore Sports Ground.â€
This particular grant from the NSW Government is an added bonus, after Belmore Oval also received $4.9 million in Federal funding as part of the Regional Local Community Infrastructure Programme.
An additional $500,000 will be given by the Bulldogs and the Canterbury City Council.
The construction that is set to take place at Belmore Sports Ground is set to commence in three months with a brand new training and office facility, the key feature set to be built.
The additional NSW funding announcement will also serve as funds to improve the sports ground itself with the aim being for the Bulldogs to play at the ground once more.
â€œThe Premier is a great supporter of Rugby League and we are extremely grateful to her for helping make the Belmore redevelopment a reality.
â€œWe are moving closer to the day that construction begins, and we know that with the support we have received from the Federal and NSW Governments, along with Canterbury City Council, we are another step closer towards one of the best training facilities in Australian sport.
â€œIn addition, we are another step closer to giving the people of Belmore and the wider Canterbury-Bankstown district a sporting facility of distinction, one they can be proud to have in their back yard.â€