Synthetic fields & a home for the Koalas - Just in time for Christmas!

In a massive win for families in Ryde, Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to find a home for the North West Sydney Koalas & finally embark on our long overdue Synthetic fields programme - just in time for Christmas!


6 months ago, our community started campaign to get the North West Sydney Koalas a decent training and playing facility in Ryde. The Koalas are the only all-female club in Sydney and produced four Matildas & countless state representatives.

On Tuesday night Council voted unanimously to give the Koalas will have a home to train and play at ELS Hall Park.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, was pleased. "This is a great win for womens sport & gender equality in Ryde. Our community has led the way on this issue, and I am glad that Council endorsed the staff's recommendation to find a home for the Koalas."

In equally exciting news, Council also resolved to proceed to tender & build 3 Synthetic fields in Ryde. ELS Hall Park No. 1 and Christie Park Nos 1 and 2 will be developed with all-weather synthetic playing surfaces.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said the decision was a good outcome for the sporting community.  “I am glad that the Council has put years of delay and indecision behind it and voted to immediately build synthetic facilities in our City. With the likely forced amalgamation of Ryde around the corner, it was vital that we reached a decision last night.

“Our sporting facilities are in high demand and use is already well over capacity.  Coupled with wet-weather issues, our fields just are not up to standard to cope with our growing population.

“This plan is an investment in the future of sport in our area.  It also deals with the short term demand for fields, particularly for winter sport, through a combination of new synthetic turf surfaces, additional lighting and redesign, so we can address the current over-use of playing fields.”


Council staff will now continue planning for: 

  • Construction of synthetic surface fields at Christie Park 1 and 2 and relocation of grandstand by 2017
  • Construction of a synthetic surface field at ELS Hall Park No 1 (requiring relocation of the turf cricket wicket to Marsfield Park and possible relocation for a rugby league user group) by 2016.

“I will be working closely with the General Manager to ensure these deadlines are met or bettered. It has taken Council too long to get where we are today, if there is any way that we can get these fields built more quickly, then we’ll do it,” the Mayor said.

"When I became Mayor, I made it clear that open space & recreation was a priority. I am glad that I've been able to deliver on that promise.
Contact Jerome Laxale 0426 273 289 

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