Community pressure forces

Morrison Government’s hand

 Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch and Labor Candidate for Robertson, Dr. Gordon Reid welcomed the decision by the Federal Government to deliver the long-delayed $8.25 million Umina Recreation Precinct upgrade.

25 November 2021


THE project was announced during the heat of the 2019 federal election however had stalled in the years since. With a federal election looming, local sporting clubs contacted Ms Tesch with concern that the promise would never become reality.


In response, Ms Tesch wrote a letter to Scott Morrison and Ms Wicks calling on this funding to be delivered. Ms Tesch and Dr Reid also started a petition which raised hundreds of signatures asking the same thing.


In October, Ms Tesch and Dr Reid joined representatives from the Southern Spirit Cricket Club, Umina United Soccer Club and the Umina Tennis Club sporting at Umina Oval to add further pressure.


Ms Tesch is grateful the commitment is becoming a reality.


“I am glad this commitment has been signed and hasn’t ended up on the long laundry list of empty promises from Scott Morrison like the commuter car parks in Woy Woy and Gosford,” she said.


“I can’t wait to see the new sports clubs up and running, I know so many of them have been rundown and need urgent revamping.


“I want to thank the sporting clubs who joined us in this campaign and all of the community members who signed our petition – without this community pressure this commitment may not have been possible.”


Dr Reid also welcomed the announcement.


“This long awaited announcement is welcomed by all the local sporting clubs and community groups who have been counting on this funding to get the long awaited upgrades underway,” he said.


“Our Peninsula community and residents have been waiting for this commitment to be delivered, for far too long. This funding is vital to unlock important opportunities to the community.


“We need to build a community and a region for the future and unlocking this funding is a step in that direction.”


The project will involve a complete redevelopment of the Umina skate park, a BMX track, a new football clubhouse for Umina United, and a community integrated facility for the cricket, rugby league and Umina Tennis clubs.


The funding was promised to:


  • upgrade the existing skate park to provide facilities for all ages and skills, with shade, seating, a water fountain and lighting;


  • build a modern BMX Pump Track;


  • provide a new outdoor basketball court;


  • provide parking;


  • deliver walking tracks and an exercise station; and a


  • build barbecue and viewing areas.

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