The Peninsula Recreation Precinct is set to undergo a multi-million-dollar transformation after Federal Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks secured $8.25 million to upgrade sporting facilities.
“This recreational and sport upgrade will be like nothing the Peninsula has ever seen and I am thrilled the Coalition Government has backed and supported the project,” Mrs Wicks said.
She made the announcement at Jasmine Greens Cafe in front of the many groups who will benefit from the work.
Among other things, the Umina Recreational Hub Project upgrade will see the redevelopment of the existing Umina skate park, a BMX track, a new football clubhouse for Umina United Football Club and a new integrated community facility for Southern Spirit Cricket Club, the Umina Beach Bunnies Rugby League Club, the Umina Tennis Club and the Umina Men’s Shed.
Around $3.5 million will be spent on redeveloping the skate park, BMX track and basketball courts. “This funding will allow the Peninsula Recreation Precinct to be brought up to the same standard as McEvoy Oval in Woy Woy,” Mrs Wicks said.
“This project is one that has been very special to me and one that I have been advocating for in Canberra and in my community ever since the concept was first outlined to me by the Umina Community Group.
“I could see immediately what the social and economic benefits would be.
“This was really a community-led initiative with over 2000 people signing a petition and it was one of the first issues I raised with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“This project which will benefit hundreds, if not thousands, of residents living at Ettalong Beach, Woy Woy and Umina.
“The new facilities will prove not only a social boost, but an economic boon for the area by attracting regional sporting competitions to the area.
“So many residents and parents have spoken to me about the important need for new and redeveloped recreational facilities, as well as the need for a safe haven where their children can play and participate in their favourite sport.
“I congratulate the people who have worked so hard behind the scenes to ensure this exciting new precinct became a reality, including Rod Unsworth and Tony Winch from the Umina Community Group.”
Mr Tony Winch responded, saying the Umina Community Group started about five years ago as a voice for Umina.
“We didn’t think there was a voice saying what we wanted,’’ he said.
But after 600 respondents to a survey and thousands signing a petition, the voice came from the community.
He said he had learned: “You have a voice. Use it in conversation and you can change the world around you.”
“You can change your world by using your voice,’’ he said.
“But what’s your voice supposed to sound like? Not harsh. Not yelling. It’s a conversation that started with Lucy Wicks and with council.
“It’s been a wonderful journey.”
He asked anyone interested to consider joining the group.
Contact them through their website www.uminacommunitygroup.com.au
Media release 30 Mar 2019
Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson
Speech, 30 Mar 2019
Tony Winch, Umina