Construction on Fairfield Showground's international standard lizard-shaped amenities block has officially started.
The $5.1 million building, which will sit in between the new AFL, cricket and festival arena and the synthetic and grassed football fields, is being jointly funded by the local, state and federal governments as part of the Western Sydney City Deal's Western Parkland City Liveability Program. It is scheduled to be completed in late autumn 2020 and include an open-sided stage with roof for concerts.
The multipurpose amenities building will also feature:
- Community space.
- Two large change rooms that can be divided into four.
- Adjoining massage and doctors' rooms.
- Match official change rooms and bathrooms.
- Gym/training room.
- Office space.
- First aid facility.
NSW Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, Lindsay MP Melissa McIntosh (representing Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge), Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone and councillors joined together to turn the first sod on the project on Wednesday.
It's the next step as part of Fairfield Showground's $26 million transformation. The next phase will include work on a new grandstand, renovations of the old grandstand and walking tracks/playgrounds around the venue.
"This will be more than just an ordinary amenities building. It will be flexible to provide for community, cultural and large sporting events at the new Fairfield Showground," Mr Carbone said.
"Its unique design will allow communities to come together and participate, whether it's a festival, cultural celebration or sports event.
"Very soon, thousands of sportspeople and festival goers of all ages will take advantage of the wonderful new playing surfaces and performance spaces each weekend, and it is important that they have the amenities to support them."
Mr Ayres said the investment in Fairfield Showground will "further enrich" the daily lifestyle of locals.
The Liveability Program has provided council with funding towards the multipurpose amenities building, a new all-abilities playground at Deerbush Park and an upgrade to the Moorefield Grandstand as part of the Fairfield Showground redevelopment.
Ms McIntosh said: "The Western Sydney City Deal is important for local jobs and investment. The Western Parkland will grow both nationally and internationally and it is crucial that our quality of life is maintained."