$40 Million Upgrade For Historic Leichhardt Oval

Prime Minister

A joint $40 million investment in Sydney’s historic Leichhardt Oval will deliver critical upgrades to ensure the safety and comfort of competitors and fans.

The Albanese Government recognises the significant contribution Leichhardt Oval has made, and continues to make, to sport in Australia. It is on track to host 120 sporting fixtures in 2024, including both men’s and women’s national rugby league matches and dozens of other sport events including women and girls’ soccer.

It is critical we invest in iconic local sporting venues like Leichhardt Oval for the benefit of players, spectators and the wider community.

These venues are a platform for elite women and girls’ sporting competitions, such as NRLW and Women’s A League. They have formed the pathways for so many athletes to go on to major national and international success.

Leichhardt Oval has become increasingly expensive to maintain and significant upgrades are required to ensure it can continue to host elite, amateur and grassroots sporting events and training.

The $40 million investment will draw on the Inner West Council’s Leichhardt Oval Masterplan and includes upgrades to:

  • New female-friendly change rooms.
  • Increased seating capacity of 3,000.
  • A new northern grandstand.

The Commonwealth, State and Local governments have formed a funding partnership to secure the future of Leichhardt Oval. The Commonwealth is committing $20 million to the project, with the NSW Government and the Inner West Council investing $10 million each towards the upgrade.

Quotes attributable to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

“There’s nothing better than sitting on Wayne Pearce Hill at Leichhardt Oval.

“My Government understands the important role suburban grounds play in the quality of life for Australians.

“This investment will not only be great for the Wests Tigers, but will see Leichardt Oval continue to be a hub for school, women and girls’ sport.

“Leichhardt Oval is a place where the faithful can go along and cheer their local sporting teams, and this funding from all three levels of government will ensure that spirit is preserved.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport Anika Wells

“Leichhardt Oval has a rich history in Australian sport, and we want to see that continue.

“So many Australians have fond memories of not just watching the Tigers’ NRL and NRLW teams but soccer games and a range of women’s sporting events.

“It’s time for this iconic oval to receive the love it deserves, so I welcome our partnership with the NSW Government and the Inner West Council to deliver these significant upgrades.

“Players and fans will be able to make new memories and enjoy the facilities at the oval for generations to come.”

Quotes attributable to New South Wales Minister for Sport Steve Kamper

“Today we are joining all levels of Government to future-proof Leichhardt Oval.

“Whilst Leichhardt Oval is the spiritual home of the Wests Tigers, this oval has become much more than that. It has become a true community hub and a home for women’s sport.

“The NSW Government is committed to increasing the participation of women and young girls in sport. This funding will ensure the stadium can deliver fit-for-purpose facilities for the next generation of elite, amateur and grassroots athletes.”

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