4 April 2024

Funding boost for two Wollongong sporting fields

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Lighting will be upgraded at John Crehan Park. Photo: Cringila Lions FC.

Two major Wollongong sporting fields will be upgraded after a $300,000 funding boost.

Cringila Lions Football Club will receive $100,000 from the NSW Government to upgrade lighting at its home ground, John Crehan Park in Cringila.

The park is a multi-use stadium which can hold about 8000 spectators. The funding will replace the existing lighting and relocate the old lights to a second ground, doubling the night-time capacity of the facility and allowing additional training and competition games.

Wollongong City Council will receive $200,000 to contribute to the upgrade of field drainage at JJ Kelly Park. The project will improve the playing surface quality and resilience during extended periods of wet weather.

Wollongong MP Paul Scully said the funds were part of the NSW Government’s $37.2 million Local Small Commitments Allocation Program.

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“This is a fantastic outcome for the Cringila Lions Football Club and its supporters,” he said.

“Crini fans are die-hard supporters and now they will be able to cheer their club on under new and improved LED lighting during night matches.

“Football South Coast has worked with local clubs to develop an infrastructure priorities list and this helps fund one of the priority projects.

“The last few years of wet weather has shown the importance of good drainage in helping our sporting fields recover from wet weather events and allow players to return to the field sooner.

“JJ Kelly Park is one of Wollongong’s premier sporting grounds. Improving drainage at this sporting facility will mean surface water will disappear sooner and players will be able to get back on the field faster.

“When matches are not being hosted at the park it also provides important green space and recreational space for the growing population of Wollongong CBD.”

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