Mayor’s push to make Rozelle Parklands NSW’s premium sporting precinct

Thursday 13 may 2021

Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne is calling on the NSW Government to amend the Rozelle Parkland’s Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) to add additional sporting facilities and public, once WestConnex’s Rozelle Interchange has been completed.

Mayor Byrne said many local sporting clubs local sport clubs have made detailed submissions requesting additional sporting facilities than those exhibited in the current UDLP plan.

“The Government first released their Urban Design and Landscape Plan for Rozelle Parklands project in August 2020. Since then, I have been fighting on behalf of the community to ensure that the Government provide sufficient funding for the for the facilities and amenities within the Parklands, so that our community is not left simply with a grassed over concrete slab,” he said.

“Late last year, I received a commitment that the NSW Government would make $15 million available for the Parklands.

“We now have a unique, once in a generation opportunity for a multi-code facility that will benefit all local sporting clubs and codes.

“Rozelle and Lilyfield residents have been subjected to the most outrageous impacts, throughout the construction of WestConnex. I am determined to make sure there is something positive for the community to look forward to at the end of the nightmare,” said Mayor Byrne.

The NSW Government has initiated a working group to consult with the community about the plans for Rozelle Parklands. Multiple local sport clubs have made detailed submissions requesting additional sporting facilities than those exhibited in the current plan. These include:

• Additional multipurpose sporting fields, which include synthetic surfaces
• Accessible toilet and changerooms for males and females
• Canteen facilities
• Separate medical and referee/officials’ rooms
• Administration rooms
• Seating for spectators, parents and volunteers
• Lighting to Australian Standards to allow for night-time sporting usage
• An eight-lane athletics track incorporated into a sporting field
• Long-jump pits and shot put, discus, hammer, and javelin areas
• Hockey pitches
• On-site car parking and drop-off zones
• Access to public transport

Council is also calling on the Government to ensure that passive recreation and active transport are fully integrated with sporting facilities across of the 10-hectrae site to allow maximum usage of the Parkland by the whole community. - Ends -

Media enquiries: Bill Hawker, Mayoral Media Officer, 9392 5685 or

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