Monday August 4, 2014
State MP for Mulgoa Tanya Davies, last week visited the Penrith City Softball Association’s fields at Surveyors Creek in Glenmore Park to inspect their newly built batting cages, ready for use in the upcoming softball season commencing in September. Tanya Davies was hosted by the Association’s President Loretta Watts and her daughter Stephanie, an accomplished pitcher. Tanya was impressed with the quality and size of the purpose built new facility.
“I am delighted to see the tangible results of the NSW Government’s financial support via the Community Building Partnership grant program in joint venture with Penrith City Council. These grants provide our local communities with much-needed facilities such as these batting cages at the Surveyors Creek Softball Complex in Glenmore Park” said Tanya Davies.
Due to the high costs involved in constructing these purpose built batting cages, Penrith City Softball Association would not be able to fund the new facility without the financial assistance of State and Local Governments.
“We are so happy with the support we got from the NSW Government and Penrith City Council to have these batting cages built. It means so much to our players, especially our juniors, to be able to get batting practice done in the safety and convenience of these confined and fenced off batting cages” said Loretta Watts.
“Penrith Council is pleased to provide joint funding with the NSW State Government and Penrith City Softball Association for these batting cages, which will see numerous benefits for the more than 1000 association members that call Surveyors Creek home.” said Penrith Council Mayor Ross Fowler, OAM.
The cost for the batting cages totaled $63,300; with NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Grant program contributing $29,800, Penrith City Council contributing $29,681.82 and the Penrith City Softball Association contributing $3,818.18.
“The batting cages will help ensure that training programs that have already led to elite level participation with two Australian representatives and 14 other state players from the association, will be enhanced. It will also minimise diamond and field usage time by the association allowing a better game day surface and increase open space on the fields for general casual community use” said Mayor Ross Fowler OAM.
Submissions to apply for the 2014 Community Building Partnership grants have now closed.