The NSW Government has confirmed around $20 million will be invested into new and upgraded sporting and community facilities to compensate for the loss of recreational and open space as a result of the F6 extension project. These costs are included in the overall project budget and include the creation of new grass and synthetic playing fields and the upgrade of existing amenity block facilities to minimise impact to local sporting clubs and the community.

The F6 Extension Stage 1 will connect President Avenue at Kogarah to the New M5 Motorway at Arncliffe, removing more than 2,000 trucks a day from surface roads; returning local streets to local communities. As part of an integrated transport solution this four kilometre motorway will ease congestion on surface roads by providing an underground motorway alternative, allowing users to bypass up to 23 sets of traffic lights on the Princes Highway between St Peters and Kogarah. It will contribute to a more accessible, more liveable and productive Greater Sydney. The project will be the first stage in completing the missing link from southern Sydney to the wider motorway network.

Following initial feedback and engagement with key stakeholders the identified locations are:

  1. McCarthy Precinct (J.Graham Field)
  2. Brighton Memorial Playing Fields.

Roads and Maritime will relocate the current skate park and other recreational facilities and are working with Bayside Council to identify a suitable location. These facilities will be reinstated in the park at the end of construction. The proposal to permanently upgrade existing facilities is just one of the options under consideration and will not preclude suggestions raised through ongoing consultation with Bayside Council and the Stakeholder Liaison Group.

St George Football Association CEO, Craig Kiely, was delighted with the announcement.

“The proposed projects will have a significantly positive effect for the community and ensure that we will have access to some of the best local football facilities in the State, if not the country”.

“We have liaised closely with Roads and Maritime and its F6 Extension project team throughout the consultation process and we thank them for listening and investing back into the area”.

“Whilst the next 18 to 24 months will provide some major disruptions to the way we operate, as winter permit holders we will work closely with Council to manage and minimise this impact with all effected member clubs”. Kiely stated.

The project includes:

McCarthy Park Precinct (J.Graham Field)

Roads and Maritime is proposing to:

  • Upgrade McCarthy Park field from grass to synthetic
  • Construct a new ‘midi’ sized synthetic field next to West Botany Street
  • Establish new car parking and new crossings over Muddy Creek
  • Install new lighting to improve security and extend the usage of the facilities
  • Install new drainage to improve water flow
  • Provide new amenity block facilities
  • Build a new skate park or play equipment

Brighton Memorial Playing Fields

Brighton Memorial Playing Fields is used by local football clubs and Brighton-Le Sands Public School as an extension of the outdoor playing area for the students.

We are proposing to re-configure the Playing Field into a mix of grass and synthetic fields. This design will be developed in consultation with all stakeholders including the school, as we understand it is important to maintain the schools current use of this recreation space.

The design proposes:

  • Construct a new full size synthetic field
  • Establish new smaller sized grass fields
  • Install new lighting to improve security and extend the usage of the facilities
  • Install new drainage to improve water flow
  • Provide new amenity block facilities.