More sporting fields for The Hills
Published on 07 March 2019
Caddies Creek Reserve playing fields was officially opened by Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne, The Hon. Ray Williams MP, Minister for Disability Services and Multiculturalism and the State Member for Castle Hill, and Sydney Water’s Property Portfolio Manager Grant May on Wednesday, March 6.
The new sporting facility includes four sporting fields, two amenities buildings and abundant parkland, and was made possible after The Hills Shire Council and Sydney Water entered into a long-term lease agreement, which would see land from Sydney Water developed for more sporting uses.
Additional land from the Department of Planning and Environment was also developed as part of the project.
Mayor Byrne said she was delighted the new playing fields at Caddies Creek Reserve will help to fulfil the growing need for more active recreational facilities in The Hills.
“These new playing fields are a direct result of two tiers of government (local and state), Sydney Water and other state government departments working together, hand-in-hand, to open up more sporting grounds - improving liveability, supporting active lifestyles and providing families with the very best possible quality-of-life,” Mayor Byrne said.
“We understand there is a huge need for more sporting fields and facilities across The Hills as our population continues to grow and this is one way Council is working innovatively with other levels of government and with government-owned corporations to ensure residents have access to the very best facilities.
“I want to thank Ray and Sydney Water for making Caddies Creek Reserve possible, and for ensuring our green spaces continue to thrive and support The Hills Shire community for years to come,” Mayor Byrne added.
Mr Williams said he was pleased to see the plans come to fruition.
“I’m proud this land has been gifted to the community by the NSW Government and developed by The Hills Shire Council into a remarkable sporting precinct,” Mr Williams said.
“We achieve the very best outcomes for the community when both local and state governments work together.”
Mr May echoed similar sentiments.
“Sydney Water is delighted to have been able to partner with The Hills Shire Council to provide the land around Caddies and Strangers Creeks to enable construction of these amazing sporting facilities and to enhance and extend the existing bushland,” he said.
“The site was originally acquired by Sydney Water to maintain healthy water quality, to mitigate future flooding and to enhance the ecological values of the area.
“The fact that we have been able to continue to achieve our original objectives for the site but have also supported construction of additional sporting facilities is a testament to the excellent partnership we have forged with the Council.
“Sydney Water is proud to be supporting the well-being of residents in The Hills area,” Mr May added
The works at Caddies Creek Reserve have incorporated major environmental initiatives, including water recycling and environmental restoration such as the removal of weeds and planting of approximately 10,000 new native trees, shrubs and groundcover.
In addition, car parking for more than 120 cars, a new playground and more than two kilometres of shared pedestrian/cycle paths incorporating four new bridges was also built as part of the sporting field works.