Ellis Park Facilities To Be Upgraded

Ellis Park Facilities To Be Upgraded

South Australia Minister for Planning John Rau

$3.5 Million Upgrade For Western Adelaide Clubs

Victor P Taffa

Adelaide Comets Football Club and the Western Districts Athletics Club are receiving new facilities following a $3.5 Million State Government grant.

“This new facility will not only benefit the members of the soccer and athletics clubs that call the site home, but also the many schools and community groups who share the space.” Minister for Planning John Rau said.

Both Clubs share Tampawardli (Ellis Park) in the Adelaide Park Lands and are welcoming the construction of:

  • Change rooms,
  • Community space,
  • Community building comprising of club rooms,
  • First aid room,
  • Gym,
  • Kitchen,
  • Public toilets.

Both Clubs have a combined membership of over 800 people, supported by many spectators, family and friends.

“This $3.5 Million upgrade to football facilities in the West Parklands will help meet growing demand from young people wanting to play the sport. It is in addition to a $10 Million Budget commitment to construct artificial pitches and other facilities at clubs across the State.” Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis said.

Facilities will also benefit the wider community including the various schools and community groups who already use Ellis Park. The new building will replace the existing clubrooms, with works due to start in March 2018.

Community sport and recreation areas are an important component of the Park Lands and help promote a healthy, active community.

“We are very excited that the State Government is supporting the Adelaide Comets Football Club and the Western Districts Athletics Club to build a modern, multi-purpose community sport and recreation activity hub.” City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese said.

Funding follows a $10 Million commitment announced in the State Budget to help local football (soccer) clubs meet growing demand. Clubs and facilities receiving artificial pitches or other upgrades as part of this commitment include:

  • North Eastern Metrostars – $1.4 Million for artificial pitch and lighting
  • White City, Seaton Park Primary – $1.4 Million for pitch upgrades and lighting
  • Cumberland United – $1.1 Million for artificial pitch
  • Northern Demons – $1.1 Million for artificial pitch
  • Mount Barker United – $2.5 Million for 2 artificial pitches and a building (subject to matched Council funding)
  • City of Marion and The Cove Football Club – $2.5 Million for 2 artificial pitches and a building (subject to matched Council funding)

“Football Federation SA is delighted with the support of the State Government in regards to our growing demand for improved Football infrastructure. As participation continues to grow it is important that as a sport we are planning for the future. The entire Football Family joins in thanking the State Government for their support.” Football Federation SA CEO Michael Carter said.

Background

Funding has been provided from the State Government’s Planning and Development Fund as part of a $20 Million commitment to fund a series of projects which demonstrate the different elements of the Park Lands vision.

Funded projects align with the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy 2015-25 which also recognises the need for purpose-built sports infrastructure for all-year round soccer, athletics and school activities. Tampawardli (Ellis Park) is located adjacent Adelaide High School in the West Parklands.