Work to construct Camden's first premier cricket facility is set to begin soon.
Camden Council accepted a tender from a local business, TJ and RF Fordham Pty Ltd, to build the Fergusons Land Cricket Facility at last night's council meeting.
The cricket facility is set to add to the council's state-of-the-art sporting facilities and is partly funded by the Western Parkland City Liveability program.
Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the almost $8.4 million facility would further improve the area's sporting prowess.
"As Camden continues to grow it is important council provides appropriate facilities for families to use close to home," Cr Fedeli said.
"The Ferguson's Land Cricket Facility will truly become the home of cricket in the area and could welcome hundreds of people every weekend through the summer.
"Coupling this with Narellan Sports Hub stage two construction beginning two weeks ago, it is fantastic to see more high-class facilities being delivered in Camden."
Stage one works will include, a cricket oval with turf centre wickets, irrigation and picket fencing, an amenities building with toilets, changerooms and storage, carparking facilities, five synthetic practice cricket nets and more.
"The benefits of sport for the community cannot be underestimated and equally important the construction also helps boost our local economy and support our fantastic local businesses," Cr Fedeli said.
"I'd like to thank the federal and state Ggvernments for their funding towards this project and look forward to its completion."
Local clubs currently play at Kirkham, Belgenny and Onslow Oval.
The new facility at the back of the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park will be able to host state level events once complete.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones told the Advertiser in 2018 when the cricket facility was first announced that they were thrilled with the idea.
"Whether they be community cricketers or aspiring elite cricketers, where they get to play and train every week is central to the quality of their experience," he said.
"So its really important that everyone has easy access to high quality cricket facilities."
Once fully completed, the proposed facility will include:
- Two premier cricket ovals with turf pitches;
- One premier oval with synthetic pitch;
- Flood lighting to two ovals, one for premier sports;
- Two storey amenities building;
- New two-lane bridge access to the site;
- 140 car parking spaces;
- Training nets with turf and synthetic pitches
Stage one works are expected to be completed by December 2021.