Council considering relocating planned sport centre of excellence to Campbelltown Stadium

Concept designs for the centre of excellence. Picture: Campbelltown Council
Concept designs for the centre of excellence. Picture: Campbelltown Council

It's hosted international matches in rugby league and soccer, and is the home ground for the Wests Tigers and Macarthur Bulls - but there could be more in store for Campbelltown Stadium.

The council-owned venue could become the home for Campbelltown's long-gestating Sports and Health Centre of Excellence project.

Campbelltown Council is chasing an opportunity for state government grant funding to aid the project, which has been paused while they explored potentially relocating the centre from the originally suggested Macarthur Heights.

Macarthur Heights has always been the intended location for the centre since planning began in 2016, and then jointly funded by the federal government, Western Sydney University and the council to the tune of $23.6 million.

In fact, there was even an official sod-turning event - with political and for the beginning of works at the site near the WSU campus back in 2019.

"The project has been placed on hold while the council explores potentially relocating the centre to the stadium to attract more funding and deliver a comprehensive elite sports facility that would meet the elite training needs of the sporting community now and in the future," a council statement read.

"Consideration will also be given to how it aligns with the Reimagining Campbelltown City Centre Master Plan (2020) and the current commitments and needs of the project partners.

"The development of new sports fields at the Macarthur Heights site will continue to be delivered in accordance with a Voluntary Planning Agreement with Landcom."

The centre is intended to provide elite quality training, testing and analysis spaces for multiple sports, and feature aquatic recovery and exercise physiology, as well as rehabilitation capabilities for elite and aspiring athletes, and the general public.

The council hopes the centre will feature:

  • Three soccer fields (two for professional training and one for community use)
  • An elite 600sqm gym facility with accompanying hot and cold recovery pools, sauna and spa
  • Two A-League and one community level team change rooms
  • Dedicated medical and massage areas to support the two A-League change rooms
  • Additional allied health, wellbeing and education services
  • A cafĂ© servicing internal and outdoor spaces
  • 122 onsite parking spaces, four accessible parking spaces, and dedicated bus drop off and pick up areas

"It is anticipated that the outcome of the funding opportunity will be known by April and a report of all options will be presented to the council for its consideration soon after," the statement finished.

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