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Council has developed a draft Master Plan to upgrade and renovate facilities at Leichhardt Oval.

The draft Master Plan seeks to preserve and protect the heritage of the ground, including the Wayne Pearce Hill and Keith Barnes Stand, while providing the modern seating and facilities the ground desperately needs.

The draft Master Plan sets the vision, identify opportunities and develop a design blueprint for future improvements at Leichhardt Oval over the next ten years.

The Master Plan will consider the following items:

  • Hosting a minimum of six Wests Tigers home games a year
  • A major new grandstand providing modern seating for professional sport
  • A Museum of Inner West Rugby League
  • Modern amenities including new change rooms, toilets, food outlets and screens
  • New function facilities
  • Improved parking
  • Opening the ground up to the public as a community centre during the week
  • Concurrent upgrade of the adjoining Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre providing improved gym, rehabilitation and aquatic facilities for users of Leichhardt Oval and the community

From 18 November 2022 - 14 March 2023 Council invited the community and key stakeholders to get involved in the planning for Leichhardt Oval.

Three community drop-in sessions were held during the engagement period to allow community members to ask questions of the project team and share their ideas in person. An online survey and interactive mapping tool were also used to capture ides and opportunities.

Over 370 people took part in the engagement including local residents, spectators, athletes and other key stakeholders.

Key areas the community want to see addressed in the master plan include:

  • Improvements to transport, traffic and parking infrastructure
  • Better access to public and active transport options
  • Building stronger neighbourhoods - better facilities for socialising in the public realm
  • Environmentally and financially sustainable solutions

Read the full Engagement Outcomes Report to find out more.

From 26 June - 23 July 2023 we went back to the community with draft concept plans to check if we're on the right track.

We went back to the community in person at three drop-in sessions and hosted an online survey for people to share their thoughts.

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  • Draft Master Plan

    Council has developed a draft Master Plan based on the visions provided by the community and other key stakeholders

  • Public Exhibition

    The draft Master Plan was on public exhibition for community comment from 14 August - 11 Sept 2023

  • Adoption

    Council adopted the plan on 10 October 2023

We acknowledge that this land area traditionally belonged to the Gadigal and Wangal peoples of the Eora nation.

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