Prepare to be bowled over - work to build Camden's multi-million-dollar cricket facility has begun.
The new facility, which will be built on Ferguson's Land in Camden, will imnclude premium cricket pitches, training nets, an amenities block and more.
The first stage of the project will be completed using $8.53 million in funding under the Western Sydney City Deal.
Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said it was terrific to see the project begin.
"I was delighted to welcome the state and federal funding for this project last year, in my capacity as mayor at the time," he said.
"I can't wait to see this project come to life. It will be a great addition to our impressive sporting facilities across the Camden area, including our state-of-the-art Narellan Sports Hub."
The cricket hub is just one of the new sporting facilities in the region through joint investment from the federal government, the NSW Government and Camden Council.
Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said the facility would go a long way in servicing one of the country's fastest growing sports and communities.
"I'm so thrilled we have begun this once in a generation opportunity to create such a game-changing facility right here in Camden," she said.
"Imagine what this project, when complete, will do for men's, women's, boys' and girls' teams in the south west growth corridor.
"Stage one of the project will cost $8.35 million and, in addition to funds allocated as part of Council's draft Delivery Program 2019/20-2022/23, funding from the Western Parkland City Liveability Program and Metropolitan Greenspace Program was also secured."
Hume MP Angus Taylor said this investment signals to the local community that the Covid-19 recovery had begun and that job opportunities and economic activity will flow from infrastructure projects under the City Deal.
"This project was funded as part of the $190 million Western Parkland City Liveability Program, which is an innovative and fast way for governments to provide economic stimulus to local communities," Mr Taylor said.
Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres said cricket was a popular local pursuit in Macarthur.
"This is vital capacity for locals to get out for the day and have a bash," he said.
"I'm sure once complete this will be a landmark venue for local residents, and embraced very enthusiastically by the casual player and serious batter/bowlers alike."
Stage one of the project is expected to be completed by mid-2021, weather permitting.
This work will include one premium cricket field with turf pitches and picket fencing, an amenities block with change rooms and storage, five synthetic training nets and car parking.
The remaining stages will produce two additional premier cricket ovals, another turf pitch, with picket fencing, flood lighting and additional car parking facilities.
For more information, visit camden.nsw.gov.au.