Improved sport and recreation facilities are something that I’ve been fighting hard for to ensure we are able to support young people and the growing number of families making their home in our wonderful part of Sydney.

I am therefore thrilled to let you know that I have been able to secure $515 000 in federal funding to build new facilities at Thomson Oval in Artarmon.

The funding will allow Willoughby City Council to construct new change rooms, a canteen and storage areas for sporting clubs using the oval. New public toilets will also be built for those using the park. The existing facilities are well past their used by date and in a sorry state.

This is one of our area’s busiest ovals – used by over 1000 players each week including for soccer, rugby and cricket. It is also used by Artarmon Public School for its students.

The federal government funds projects like these to encourage healthy and active lifestyles and to support local sporting clubs.

In partnership with councils and the community, we have been able to deliver federal support for a number of these projects including the major improvements to the Gore Hill Oval precinct which re-opened earlier this month.

With funding secured, Willoughby City Council will now finalise its plans for these new facilities in consultation with local community and sporting clubs.