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New lease on life for Maitland Park’s outer field amenities

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User groups will no longer be “embarrassed” to stage major sporting tournaments at Maitland Park’s outer fields.

That’s according to Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold after council officially unveiled new accessible amenities at the sportsground on Tuesday 28 May.

The $800,000 project, funded by MCC and the NSW Government, includes the construction of a premises boasting accessible toilets, gender inclusive changerooms and increased storage facilities.

Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold and Maitland City Council general manager Jeff Smith officially unveil the new accessible amenities at Maitland Park’s outer fields. Photo: Rod Thompson

And, local footballers, cricketers and touch footballers welcomed its delivery.

“The latest amenities will support players, coaches and supporters on both our men’s and women’s teams for training sessions and game days,” Hunter Christian Coaches Football president James Smith said.

As part of the upgrade, council has also installed a new mural along the amenities wash basin wall as a colourful tribute to the many sports played in Maitland Park.

Cr Penfold said it was a timely makeover for several organisations, including City United Cricket, Maitland Touch Football and South Maitland Railway Cricket clubs.

“I know some sporting groups were a bit reluctant to stage events, given the out-of-date nature of the facilities,” he explained.

“Let’s be honest, it’s been used by the community for 50 years.

“So, this upgrade has given it a new lease on life.

“Maitland Park is a premier location for many sporting activities including football, touch and cricket and this investment will provide user groups with high-quality, accessible changerooms for the future.”

That sentiment was echoed by Maitland MP Jenny Aitchison.

“I’m glad to see this come to fruition,” she said.

“I’m a strong advocate for the Maitland community and I know that only a Labor government will deliver the infrastructure we need for our local sporting organisations.”

The project also comes hot off the heels of award-winning upgrades to the nearby Robins Oval and Mick Hinman Pavilion.

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