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A suburban football grounds plan to build boutique stadiums in the suburbs is shaping as a key plank of the NSW budget.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the government will announce funding for planning a local stadium at Kogarah, and will foreshadow intention to push ahead with stadiums at Brookvale, Liverpool and Penrith, in this month’s state budget as part of its plan to drive jobs and growth in the economy through fast construction opportunities.

The November 17 state budget is expected to include planning funding for the Kogarah stadium, with an expectation funding will be increased in the following financial year, alongside a vision for the full suite of suburban stadiums.

Under the plan Kogarah Oval would be shared by the Dragons, Sharks and possibly Sydney FC.
Under the plan Kogarah Oval would be shared by the Dragons, Sharks and possibly Sydney FC.
The news has been welcomed by the Dragons, coming after a dismal 2020 season.

“Surely we would welcome the plans – anything that upgrades a stadium and makes it more comfortable and accessible for fans and corporate partners could do nothing but benefit your club,” chief executive Ryan Webb said. “We’re excited if the plans come to fruition.

“Because there are other stadiums popping up, and there are so many other options now for people to spend their money, the more comfortable you can make it and the better quality of experience you can give them, the better it is, ultimately for them and the club.”

The Dragons will celebrate after news of a planned rebuild to Kogarah Oval. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
The Dragons will celebrate after news of a planned rebuild to Kogarah Oval. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
The stadiums, expected to be in the 18,000 to 20,000 seat capacity range, would not only drive suburban-based sport and be used by major clubs, but they would also be made available for use for community projects such as fairs, markets, concerts or Christmas carols.

One plan under consideration is to build one boutique stadium per year, although it is understood the NRL is keen for any program to be accelerated to capitalise on the need to kickstart the state’s economy.

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The government is planning the budget commitments with the knowledge that there will be three budgets in quick succession - this year’s budget on November 17, a half-year update in February and then the 21/22 budget in June.



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Local councils have presented a plan to the government that costs the boutique stadium for Kogarah at approximately $200m.

The decision comes months after the government’s razor gang decided to walk away from the planned ANZ stadium rebuild on the back of the economic crisis of COVID 19.

It is understood that following this, the NRL continued to sell the suburban grounds proposal to the government.

The NRL continued to sell the suburban grounds proposal to the government.
The NRL continued to sell the suburban grounds proposal to the government.
Senior government figures also supported the suburban grounds concept, arguing that smaller projects which were screwdriver-ready and could be delivered more quickly also met the criteria of boosting the COVID-riddled economy.

They described the proposals as akin to “mini Bankwest stadiums”, referencing the highly popular 30,000 seat stadium opened in Parramatta in 2019.

But Inner West Council Mayor Darcy Byrne says Inner West residents have been snubbed by the Kogarah funding plans.

Cr Byrne said Leichhardt Oval has been “left out in the cold, once again,” accusing the government of directing funding to “favoured electorates”.

“Council has continued to invest in Leichhardt Oval, pouring several million dollars into improving the ground. But we can’t do it all on our own,” he said.

“While it is a superb sporting destination, there is a lot more that needs to be done to secure the future of the ground as a home of Wests Tigers, suburban rugby league and as well as soccer and rugby union.”

Leichhardt Oval will not be redeveloped under the state government’s plan, angering the local council. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Leichhardt Oval will not be redeveloped under the state government’s plan, angering the local council. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
He also said money the council missed out on from the contentious Stronger Communities Fund grant program could have helped save Leichhardt Oval.

Panthers Group CEO Brian Fletcher said on Monday that any stadium improvements in Penrith will be “money well spent”.

“Penrith is the rugby league area of western Sydney. We work with 10,000 juniors a year. The population of Penrith at present is 200,000 but expecting that to be 360,000 by 2040 so it will be money well spent,” he said.

“Our stadium facilities are okay but, in the modern day, for us to encourage fans to go to the football, we need better facilities and it (a new stadium) would be absolutely fantastic for the Penrith district.”

Fans at Penrith Stadium were this year captivated by the Panthers’ run to the grand final. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Fans at Penrith Stadium were this year captivated by the Panthers’ run to the grand final. Picture. Phil Hillyard
In July, when announcing the ANZ rebuild was scrapped, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said: “smaller could trump bigger in a COVID world”.

Under the plan, Kogarah Oval would be shared by the Dragons, the Sharks and possibly Sydney FC.

Brookvale could be shared by the Manly Sea Eagles, and rugby union clubs the Manly Marlins and Warringah Rats.

Liverpool would be used by the Tigers and the Bulldogs.
 

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Why Kogarah? St Merge train at Win Stadium. Surely the Illawarra would be the priority. Liverpool is a reasonable option if located on Bulldogs land. The nonsense of Leichhardt with Balmain now extinct. Wests own 75% of the Tigers and the nrl the remaining 25%. Wests Campbelltown have also pulled the plug so all is shouldered by Wests Ashfield.
 

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We keep the land, the gov build the stadium and at base of stadium they build shops. We get rent from shops say next 20 years. Gov get all income from stadium for 20 years less 10% for rent. Then the gov return full ownership of stadium refreshed to dogs free of cost. That way gov get money back develop jobs and receive taxable income on top twenty years of income.
we receive full develop site. No increase in scope builds as worn by gov. Purpose built stadium fully returned and future cash cow
 

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We keep the land, the gov build the stadium and at base of stadium they build shops. We get rent from shops say next 20 years. Gov get all income from stadium for 20 years less 10% for rent. Then the gov return full ownership of stadium refreshed to dogs free of cost. That way gov get money back develop jobs and receive taxable income on top twenty years of income.
we receive full develop site. No increase in scope builds as worn by gov. Purpose built stadium fully returned and future cash cow
I like it. Seems feasible.
 

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Kogarah is an item in this year's budget. Other stadiums not spoken about this year.

Source Channel 10 News.
 

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liverpool is shit house, alot of dogs supporters live no where near liverpool, alot are near Parramatta and Hills District. Lets hope we keep ANZ and Bankwest
A lot live out near Liverpool and MacArthur area though plus train line connects Canterbury-Bankstown directly to Liverpool without the need to change lines. The sooner we get away from ANZ the better it’s a soulless ghost town.
 

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A lot live out near Liverpool and MacArthur area though plus train line connects Canterbury-Bankstown directly to Liverpool without the need to change lines. The sooner we get away from ANZ the better it’s a soulless ghost town.
bankwest is the best option, great oval and central to everyone going of their marketing research
 

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A lot live out near Liverpool and MacArthur area though plus train line connects Canterbury-Bankstown directly to Liverpool without the need to change lines. The sooner we get away from ANZ the better it’s a soulless ghost town.
Exactly right. There's a shitload of us Dogs supporters out this way. Even though Liverpool is a dump and avoid it like the plague, I would welcome a stadium with open arms. Spewing it never eventuated all those years ago.
 

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yeh be interesting, as we get so much money from ANZ
That deal with ANZ would have its days numbered if it hasn’t already been re-negotiated after ANZ changed hands to the government.
 

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Liverpool is a logical extension from the Canterbury Bankstown heartland. It is becoming a major hub, and when the airport starts operating down the road will become bigger. Another major factor is that no NRL team has really stepped up and claimed it as territory. There are plenty of dogs fans there, but also Wests and Penriff. The plans 20 years ago that fell over were never wrong in terms of location.
 
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