Open letter to Newtown Jets RLFC Members and Supporters

26 October 2011

Re: $920 000 upgrade of Henson Park by the Federal Government

Today Newtown Jets President, Barry Vining, joined the Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, at Henson Park to announce that the Federal Government will fund the $920 000 upgrade of our historic home ground.

The Mayor of Marrickville, Morris Hanna, President of the Newtown RLFC, Barry Vining, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Member for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, and the Newtown Jets "tiniest" forward, Ryan Verlinden, pause to celebrate the announcement of the Henson park refurbishment.
The upgrade work on our famous King George V grandstand can be seen, under way, in the background.

Little wonder Barry Vining, Anthony Albanese and Morris Hanna are all smiles - the $920,000 of federal funding will greatly enhance the gameday experience at Henson Park AND  spectators in the grandstand will finally  be able to watch the seconds tick down to victory!

This upgrade will help bring the home of the Jets into the modern era by refurbishing the grandstand, toilets and canteen as well as installing an electronic score board.

"The Jets are a proud part of the history of Newtown and the inner west. I am very proud to be able to deliver this funding to ensure Henson Park remains the home of the Jets for decades to come" said Mr Albanese.

"Henson Park has been the Newtown Rugby League Football Club's home ground for more than 75 years and it truly is part of the very heart and soul of Australia's oldest Rugby League club" said Club President Barry Vining.

"This generous and timely financial grant from the Gillard Labor Government will provide a modernised and refurbished home base for the Newtown Jets, the inner-west's favourite sporting club, and improved facilities for our large number of loyal supporters, for our steadfast group of sponsors and for the broader inner-western community."

"We are very grateful that our Federal Member Anthony Albanese initiated the request for this funding," Mr Vining said.

The $920,000 in funding has come from the Community Infrastructure Grants program.

The proposed works include:

  • Improvements to the grandstand building including replacement of the asbestos roofing and cladding materials, concrete spalling repairs, waterproofing, improved handrails and repainting
  • Reconstruction and resurfacing of the grandstand forecourt to provide an accessible entry ramp to the building and repair damaged pavements
  • Refurbishment of the public toilets and sports canteen in the tower building (adjacent to the grandstand) and refurbishment of the canteen in the scoreboard building
  • Installation of an electronic scoreboard to replace the existing manual scoreboard