We want a stadium: Blacktown mayor

Mayor Len Robinson has called on the state government to recognise Blacktown's credentials as the ideal location for a new stadium

Blacktown mayor Len Robinson believes any new stadium for western Sydney should be built in Blacktown. Picture: Geoff Jones

Blacktown mayor Len Robinson believes any new stadium for western Sydney should be built in Blacktown. Picture: Geoff Jones

It's amid growing claims from western Sydney sporting clubs wanting better stadia facilities and the NSW Government considers its options.

Penrith Panthers has already expressed interest in hosting a new stadium.

For Australia’s 2022 FIFA World Cup bid. the state government and Football Federation Australia identified Blacktown as the best strategic option for a new stadium in western Sydney.

Extensive research was done by both bodies to reach this conclusion - and it remains valid.

The state government is reported to still be considering supporting a new or redeveloped Western Sydney stadium with a proposed seating capacity of 20,000 to 40,000.

The stadium is proposed as part of the NSW Government's Stadia Strategy 2012.

"As the home of sport and the heart of Western Sydney, Blacktown is an excellent location for a stadium to service the western Sydney population," Councillor Len Robinson said.

"Blacktown is the largest Local Government Area in terms of population in NSW, currently with 318,000 residents.  A community with enormous cultural diversity and the highest rate of population growth in NSW - a population expected to increase to 500,000 by 2036.

"Blacktown is a sporting stronghold and we are home to many elite sporting teams.  The Blacktown International Sportspark (BISP) is the training and administration base for the Western Sydney Wanderers, the NSW Speed Blitz Blues and Lend Lease Breakers, GWS Giants Academy, the ABL Sydney BlueSox and NSW Softball. With a new regional tennis complex and a first class rugby league facility due to break ground this year in the northern sector of the city, Blacktown is continuing its long tradition of providing sporting opportunities for the local and regional community."

"Blacktown is serviced with an excellent transport system. Blacktown station has a direct line to the City and further west to the Blue Mountains. This is coupled with the major roads of the M4 and M7.

"With the hold on sport that Blacktown has it would be foolish to situate Western Sydney's largest stadium anywhere else," Cr Robinson said.

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