$8.25M recreation precinct project enters design and construction phase

The funding agreement between the Federal Government and Central Coast Council has now been signed for the $8.25M redevelopment of the Peninsula Recreation Precinct in Umina Beach.

With the agreement now signed off, the Council-led project will move into the design and construction phase.

Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said the execution of a funding agreement means Council has the funds to start planning and constructing
the facilities.

“This is a significant milestone for the Umina United Eagles Soccer Club, Umina Bunnies Junior Rugby League Club and the Southern Spirit Cricket Club who have worked to make this project a reality,” Wicks said.

“The clubs that use Umina Oval are growing at a rapid pace and they need the types of amenities that are going to grow with them – that’s why it’s so important we worked to get this funding agreement right.

“I want to see shovels in the ground as soon as possible and I will continue to advocate until this project is delivered and able to be used by all in our community.”

Lucy Wicks MP

The redevelopment aims to upgrade a range of facilities which include the construction of a modern BMX Pump Track, upgrades to the existing skate park, a new outdoor basketball court, two separate sports facilities with a club room, storage and change rooms, parking, walking tracks, exercise station and a barbecue-viewing area.

The announcement comes after reports that local sporting clubs were disappointed in the delay with the project first promised in the 2019 Federal election campaign.

Director of Youth Development at Umina United, Lee Fullwood, said local groups were meeting with Council and the project manager at the end of this week.

“We are looking forward to the construction of our clubhouse and the new amenities it will provide,” Fullwood said.

“On behalf of Umina United, I’d like to say many thanks to Lucy Wicks for the funding and her vision in replacing the old amenities.”

Tony Winch from Umina Community Group said it is a “generational project which will build world class modern community facilities in Umina to last the next 40 years.

“The sheer size and scale of this project is daunting, and it is a large compliment to the many local volunteers from each of the clubs, as they have contributed many hours of their personal time to see the needs and wants of the community have been considered across the design options,” Winch said.

“This project continues to demonstrate that when working together as a community with government support, we can envision projects that will enhance our everyday lives.

“It is this discussion with government that allows them to understand what is important to us, the Umina Beach community, and invest in truly local projects.”

Maisy Rae