Oakdale Workers Club set to become new home of Macarthur FC

The Oakdale Workers Club new board members with Macarthur FC chairman Gino Marra and Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith. Picture: Chris Lane
The Oakdale Workers Club new board members with Macarthur FC chairman Gino Marra and Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith. Picture: Chris Lane

Oakdale Workers Club will soon have a new identity.

The iconic local haunt is set to join the Macarthur FC family under its new official name, the Macarthur FC Sport and Recreation Club.

The club has been a focal meeting point for the Oakdale community since opening its doors in 1953, providing local families a great social venue to meet.

In more recent times, the club and Oakdale community have suffered a series of setbacks, including the Green Wattle Creek bush fire, the destruction of Burragorang Road due to storm damage and Covid-19 restrictions.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said he stepped in to assist when he learned that the club was in danger of closing permanently.

"When Kelle Broadhead and Keith Fenton came to my office to alert me to the plight of the club I looked some of the ways the club could be supported," he said.

"The club had a significant role to play as a staging point for the RFS during the summer bushfires but the effect of the fires and floods coupled with the Covid-19 lockdown period combined to make the future of the club very uncertain.

"As a patron of the Macarthur Bulls FC, I made a call to the club chairman Gino Marra to see if they could assist.

"That seemed to do the trick and Macarthur Bulls FC stepped in."

Macarthur FC chairman Gino Marra said local clubs were the lifeblood of communities.

He said it was fantastic to see the Oakdale Workers club continue to serve the area.

"When we received the call from Nathaniel Smith (Wollondilly MP), alerting us to the situation with the club, we were more than happy to jump in and help," he said.

"Planning and community consultation will begin shortly on upgrading the club, parking areas and associated sporting facilities.

Oakdale Workers Club. Picture: Google Maps

Oakdale Workers Club. Picture: Google Maps

"It is important for us that the Oakdale Workers Rugby League name and club will remain, as will the Oakdale Men's Shed.

"We also have plans to introduce other sports to the club, giving local children more opportunity to represent their region."

Marra said Macarthur FC was also proud to acknowledge the history and the importance that the workers club has to the entire region, especially the town of Oakdale.

The club was initially formed on the November 13, 1953, with the original building located east of the present site in bushland near the corner of Acacia Avenue.

Members and guests to Oakdale Workers can also look forward to a brand new restaurant and dining and café area in the near future.

The new board for the club consists of Gino Marra as president, Roy Mammone as vice president, Natalie Matich as treasurer, and board members Carmella Galasso, Shaun Grimston and Kelle Broadhead.

"I'd like to welcome the board to the club," Mr Marra said.

"I know for Kelle and her family, this club holds significant importance with her grandfather, Bill Perkins, one of the founding members of the club.

"Our region has always had proud, rich history and the Oakdale Workers Club epitomise that.

"We, as a club will set out to keep the clubs service to the local community on going for many years to come."