More sporting fields for The Hills
Published on 03 May 2019
Bella Vista Public School’s synthetic field has officially opened.
The new sporting facility includes a single full-size synthetic football field and a two-court sports hall, and was made possible after The Hills Shire Council and the Department of Education entered into an agreement, which would see the school’s sporting field and hall open to the public outside of school hours.
Hills Football Association’s representative junior and senior female football teams have started using the synthetic field, which will allow for almost three times the play that even the most advanced natural grass fields can provide, for training and home games.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said she was proud of the way Council is coming up with innovative solutions to free-up more sporting facilities to meet demand.
“This new playing field is a direct result of two tiers of government (Local and State) working together to provide local residents 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 government departments to ensure residents have access to the very best facilities.
“Council is proud of this result and is happy to support grassroots sport. I look forward to more partnerships like this one being forged in the future,” Mayor Byrne added.
Baulkham Hills State MP David Elliott said he was pleased that the new sporting facility will support local clubs and increase participation in sport and active recreation in the community.
“Sport is a vital part of the Baulkham Hills community’s social fabric, and the new sporting facility will provide essential support to our local clubs to help increase participation in sport and active recreation, and contribute to improved social, health and cultural outcomes,” Mr Elliott said.
General Manager of Hills Football Association, Kurt Johnson echoed similar sentiments.
“This facility means that talented female footballers are able to play and train on a pitch that meets the requirements of Football NSW. Previously, there have been no facilities in The Hills Shire that has met the strict eligibility requirements,” Mr Johnson said.
Principal of Bella Vista Public School, Derek Danby added:
“It's great that students have first-class facilities to use during the day and to see the local community accessing them outside of school hours,” he said.
“Our students couldn't wait to have the first kick on the field when it opened this term and the multiple functions of our sports hall allow teachers to teach many different sports and skills.”
Council invested $8 million into the field and sports hall.
While the field will be primarily used for football, the sports hall has multiple functions and can be configured to accommodate a two-court basketball facility, or alternatively a netball or futsal court, as well as non-sporting functions such as school assemblies and concerts.
In addition to the sports facilities, car parking for over 50 cars is being built as part of the agreement and is located off Free Settlers Drive, in Bella Vista.
The car park is expected to be completed later in the year.