Upgrading Richie Benaud Oval And Belmore Park

By Andrew Charlton MP

08 May 2022

An Albanese Labor Government will help transform Belmore Park and Richie Benaud Oval into a unique, high-quality premier cricket facility that is worthy of its famous namesake.

A Parramatta boy through and through, Richie Benaud was a monumental figure in Western Sydney and Parramatta.

Despite such a rich lineage, the City of Parramatta has no turf cricket facilities and has a severe shortage of high-quality recreational spaces to support this growing community.

While this community space remains highly valued, the reality is that existing facilities are reaching the end of their useful lifespan and need replacement and upgrading.

That’s why an Albanese Labor Government will partner with the City of Parramatta to invest $6.2 million in the Belmore Park Masterplan – a project that has been identified by the council as a key priority.

When complete, this plan will deliver the enlargement and reconfiguration of Richie Benaud Oval, a central turf wicket, turf and synthetic practice nets, a new sports pavilion building including spectator seating, a new district level playground and new park facilities including paths, furniture and fitness stations.

Only an Albanese Labor Government will partner with local communities to deliver the social infrastructure that they need to live better, more active lives.

Attributable to Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Catherine King:

“Social infrastructure like ovals and playgrounds is essential for Australians to live healthy, fulfilling lives.

“These facilities are at the heart of communities.

“Only an Albanese Labor Government will give Parramatta locals the facilities they deserve.”

Attributable to Labor Candidate for Parramatta, Andrew Charlton:

“I know how important facilities like this are to our community.

“When I speak to locals I hear again and again how much they want high quality facilities close to home. This especially true after the experiences of COVID.

“This investment is a huge win for our community – especially for kids and those looking to get more active.