The newly refurbished Brighton Memorial Playing Fields was handed over to the Bayside Council on Friday October 1 following a multi-million dollar refurbishment as part of the M6 Stage 1 project.
“We look forward to showcasing and celebrating the transformation with the local community as soon as health ordinances permit,” said newly elected Mayor of Bayside, Cr Bill Saravinovski.
“But for now, we are happy that the fields have been improved and are ready to be used and enjoyed by the community when we are finally out of isolation.”
The Brighton Memorial Playing Fields were closed to the public for almost 15 months, while work was carried out on the State Government’s $ 2.6 billion M6 Stage 1 project from New Wales from the South.
The works were undertaken and fully funded under the M6 Phase 1 project which will link President Avenue in Kogarah to the M8 motorway in Arncliffe via a four km tunnel.
The overall theme of the work carried out continues to pay homage to the Australian Armed Forces in accordance with the original name of the Memorial Fields, including a Memorial Walk, special plantings and design elements such as the Poppy carved into the trails.
The makeover also includes:
- An upgrade to full-size synthetic turf
- New mid-sized grass playground
- A new playground
- A new commemorative garden
- A new amenity building including changing rooms, a canteen and toilets
- Improved parking with increased capacity
- As well as new fencing, lighting and landscaping improvements
“It would have taken years for the Council to be able to finance or access grants to modernize and build new sports and recreational facilities of this magnitude,” said Mayor Cr Saravinovski.
“I also have to thank Rockdale MP Steve Kamper because without his support and hard work over the past few years we would not have achieved such a good result for our residents.
“The combination of passive and active recreation will be enjoyed by residents and visitors to Bayside,” he said.
Bayside Council has welcomed the new facilities and improvements to recreational and open spaces.
Transport for NSW is also funding improvements to Ador Park (the former Rockdale Bowling Club) and the McCarthy Reserve.
The work will include more sports fields, a new skate park, as well as barbecue and recreation facilities and is expected to be completed and reopened by the end of the year, before work on the tunnel requires full closure. from the Bicentennial Park.
Transport for NSW has released a video to ‘virtually open’ the new facilities which can be viewed on https://caportal.com.au/rms/m6/crf