Camden’s new sport precinct gets approval

Bright future: Macarthur BMX Club will be able to host national and international championships when Kirkham Park is upgraded. Picture: Simon Bennett
Bright future: Macarthur BMX Club will be able to host national and international championships when Kirkham Park is upgraded. Picture: Simon Bennett

A new indoor training facility will be built at Kirkham Park as a part of plans to revamp the popular sports precinct.

Camden Council voted in favour of the Kirkham Park masterplan at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The $3 million precinct will include an expanded BMX track, upgrades to the playground, skate park and cricket fields and an additional rugby league field.

The council report stated an indoor training facility with practice lanes, office administration, a kitchenette and a function space would be built in conjunction with the planned amenities building.

Camden Rams Cricket Club president Benham Dodd said the indoor training centre was another great addition to the precinct.

“It’s fantastic for cricket in the local area,” he said.

“Cricket NSW wanted the indoor training centre included so I am glad to see it has been endorsed.

“It will allow players of all levels to train inside, out of the elements.

“Climate is a big factor when training and it will also allow for after-hours training when it is too dark to play outside.

“I am excited about the precinct, I think it will be great for all sports at the site in general.”

Kirkham Park already has synthetic and turf pitches as well as practice wickets.

Powering ahead: Kirkham Park upgrades will allow the Camden Rams to host higher levels of competition. Picture: Anj Mariner | Pacific Illustrated

Powering ahead: Kirkham Park upgrades will allow the Camden Rams to host higher levels of competition. Picture: Anj Mariner | Pacific Illustrated

One of the submissions received by council suggested the Kirkham Park skate park should be moved to Harrington Green.

Harrington Green is the land often used as overflow parking next to Elderslie High School.

Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak asked council staff to bring a report back to council on whether the skate park should be moved after stage one of the masterplan and the Curry Reserve Water Park were complete.

“We need to see what the demand is for car parking – so I would like to see those things happen first before moving the skate park,” she said.

When fully complete, the site will include a new grandstand with amenities and change rooms at the rugby league field, plus a 120-space car park.

Camden Rams Rugby League Football Club seniors president Greg Copeland told the Advertiser in February that the draft masterplan was great for local sports.

“We have been working with council for years to get to this stage,” he said.

“Having the new fields, an amenities building and a grandstand will allow us to host country championships. Our fields are the best in the state but we need the facilities to host higher levels of competition.”

Big hit: Camden MP Chris Patterson, Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak, Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones and Camden Rams president Benham Dodd.

Big hit: Camden MP Chris Patterson, Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak, Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones and Camden Rams president Benham Dodd.

Macarthur BMX Club president Fred Furner told the Advertiser earlier this year that he was excited about the plans.

“I feel pretty happy for the club, for the Camden community and for BMX in Australia,” he said.

“We want to build a world class facility that will attract professional athletes of all levels.”

Once constructed the club will be able to host Australian and international championships as well.

Additional facilities are being added to the Kirkham Park site because netball games, which used to be played there, have all been moved to the Narellan Sports Hub.

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