Major announcement on the future of Henson Park

Anthony Albanese MP, the Federal Member for Grayndler has announced that an incoming Federal Labor Government would invest $5 million to upgrade Henson Park, enabling the iconic venue to have the ability to host AFL Sydney Finals, NEAFL and AFLW matches.

The proposed upgrade would be part of a unique ground-sharing arrangement between AFL NSW/ACT and the Newtown Jets.

Female sport is set to benefit from this announcement with the upgrade to include the construction of brand-new female changing rooms, amongst a variety of key upgrades that will benefit AFL in Sydney, at both community and elite level.

The proposed work would include upgrading the King George V Memorial Grandstand including change rooms, amenities, medical and refereeing facilities as well as spectator facilities and disability access, including:

  • – Constructing two additional change rooms, community meeting rooms and a gymnasium.
  • – Upgrading the broadcast boxes, coaches’ boxes and officials; facilities to facilitate the television broadcasting of games.
  • – Renewing the electronic scoreboard and public address system and improved food and beverage facilities
  • – Rebuilding the playing surface including new drainage, irrigation, returfing and a goal post system allowing for the Rugby League and AFL codes to use the ground seamlessly.

AFL NSW/ACT CEO, Sam Graham welcomed this announcement from Anthony Albanese MP to upgrade a vital sporting facility in Sydney in the heart of the community.

“The greatest challenge for AFL in Sydney is to meet the increasing demand and great interest for our sport by providing quality facilities for both male and female footballers who want to play our game,” said Graham.

We are delighted at this announcement of crucial funding to upgrade Henson Park that will provide an improved playing surface and community facilities that will ensure that this iconic ground has the capability to host AFL Sydney Finals, NEAFL and AFLW matches to help grow our game even further.

We really appreciate and value the support of Anthony Albanese in providing this support for a key sporting facility in the heart of the Sydney community.”

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