Push continues for a stadium

RENEWED calls will be made for the state government to consider Blacktown in its plans to build a new stadium or redevelop an existing one in western Sydney.

It comes after Penrith Panthers and Liverpool Council upped their ante in their push for a stadium with a proposed capacity of 20,000 to 40,000 people.

Mayor Len Robinson (pictured) has reminded the state government that it and Football Federation Australia identified Blacktown as the best strategic option for a new stadium in western Sydney in Australia's unsuccessful 2022 FIFA World Cup bid.

"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," Cr Robinson said.

"With the hold on sport that Blacktown has it would be foolish to situate western Sydney's largest stadium anywhere else."

A council spokesman said it would push the case following the recent appointment of Sports Minister Stuart Ayres.

AFL club GWS Giants spent much its early years at Blacktown International Sportspark before it relocated.

"The Giants are happy to support any initiative that promotes sport in Western Sydney particularly investment in new infrastructure,'' Giants chief executive David Matthews said.

What about Blacktown? Mayor Len Robinson

What about Blacktown? Mayor Len Robinson

"We are very committed to Western Sydney through our community programs and also the PM Capital Giants Academy which aims to give opportunities to young people from the region.

"We do the bulk of our school, hospital and junior club visits across Western Sydney and NAB Challenge and other matches featuring the GIANTS are played at Blacktown International Sportspark.

"We are committed to playing AFL premiership matches at Spotless Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park but will continue to have strong links to Blacktown” 

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