A re-elected Morrison Government will provide $5 million for the redevelopment of Concord Oval, including the Wests Tigers Centre of Excellence, and a further $1 million will be provided over two years to establish a new “Cubs” engagement program supporting multicultural youth.
The redevelopment will include high performance training and rehabilitation facilities; sports science, medical and conditioning facilities; aquatic recovery and hydrotherapy pools; education facilities including integrated learning spaces, classrooms and lecture facilities and multi-sport community facilities and social spaces.
The Cubs Program funding will assist the Wests Tigers to engage youth from culturally diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds, developing their knowledge of Rugby League, building positive social outcomes and helping them to become leaders in their communities.
Liberal candidate for Reid Dr Fiona Martin said the Wests Tigers are located in one of the most vibrant and multicultural areas in Sydney, making them a perfect fit to attract potential participants to the program.
“The Wests Tigers are an integral part of our community here in Reid, and I’m proud that we are backing them in,” Dr Martin said. “I am very proud of our support for this program, which will help the kids from our multicultural communities to participate in something that unites all Australians—sport.”
Dr Martin said the initiative will support the kids to maintain a healthy lifestyle, help them to integrate and build local friendships; while also helping our Wests Tigers to build even stronger links with the members of our community.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Cubs Program will build upon the Wests Tigers many existing inclusion programs, including their Varying Abilities and Indigenous Engagement programs.
“The Cubs Program offers an outstanding opportunity to focus on multicultural youth, encouraging greater diversity in sport and inspiring young people to engage in their community through sport,” Mr Coleman said. “Athletes are role models for our children and it is important for our youth to see diversity among our professional sporting bodies, as well as developing programs that encourage diversity in sport.”
Minister for Families and Social Services Paul Fletcher said the program will leverage the community connections and profile of the Wests Tigers and their players to engage young people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
“Our Liberal National Government is working to improve social cohesion. Australia is one of the world’s most successful immigrant nations—because we have worked so hard to build mutual understanding and respect between people from different backgrounds,” he said. Mr Fletcher explained that community based sports clubs like the Wests Tigers can play a very important role in building social cohesion—so the Morrison Government is pleased to be working with Wests Tigers on this new Cubs Program.
Wests Tigers Chair Barry O’Farrell said the funding agreement secured today will officially guarantee that both Wests Tigers and the local community will receive the much-needed facilities they deserve.
“On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I’d like to first thank the Liberal National Government for their support and commitment to this project,” said Mr O’Farrell. “This is wonderful news for all involved in the club and the community as a whole. Wests Tigers is an extremely proud club with strong history of producing local talent, and this continued commitment to the club’s Academy programs will only strengthen that moving forward. Today is another bright day for Wests Tigers that further ensures the long-term future and growth of this great club,” said Mr O’Farrell.
Dr Martin said funding for the redevelopment and Cubs Program is possible because of the Morrison Government’s plan for a stronger economy.
“If elected as the Member for Reid, I will continue to advocate for programs like this one that support our community,” Dr Martin said.