Waratah Park to receive upgrade

By Tom Naghten

The upgrade represents the single biggest investment into infrastructure the AFL has made in the region.

The announcement comes on the back of rising participation and a strong local AFL community demanding the creation of a facility that promotes the best possible Australian Football experience.

The works will be highlighted by new change rooms with a host of new amenities, a revamped playing surface and lights, new fencing around the ground, and safer pedestrian access.

The development will see Waratah Park become the home of AFL in Sydney’s south, with the ground’s capacity increasing from 190 to 580 players.

The new facility will house current residents Miranda Bombers AFC as well as Southern Power AFC who will move from their Taren Point home, Gwawley Park.

The improved Waratah Park will have the capacity and potential to host recreational AFL competitions, community club finals series, and elite player programs.

AFL NSW/ACT CEO Sam Graham made the announcement, alongside Sutherland Shire Mayor Kent Johns, Federal Minister Scott Morrison, MPs Lee Evans and Eleni Petinos and Hon. John Ajaka

Local AFL Club Presidents were also in attendance, along with former Cronulla junior and current Sydney Swan Lloyd Perris.

The announcement took place during a colourful ‘Auskick Party Day’ in which 300 local Auskickers and their parents participated in an array of activities and games.