Work on Arncliffe Park's $3.2 million synthetic field to start next month

On the way: Work will start next month on Arncliffe Park's long-awaited synthetic field with Bayside Council aiming for an April, 2020 deadline.
On the way: Work will start next month on Arncliffe Park's long-awaited synthetic field with Bayside Council aiming for an April, 2020 deadline.

Arncliffe Park's long-awaited synthetic field will be ready for play by next April.

Bayside Council last night approved a $3.8 million tender for construction of a synthetic playing field and associated drainage works.

The council received four tender submissions with the successful company named as Polytan Asia Pacific Pty Ltd.

Work will start next month and the project is scheduled to be completed by April, 2020.

A synthetic field of 100-metres by 64-metres has been designed to meet the NSW Football and FIFA requirements.

The Arncliffe Aurora FC has been consulted and they have endorsed the designs and proposed construction program.

The council was able to secure $4.5 million in State Government funding for the Arncliffe Park Synthetic Field under the Bayside West Precincts scheme which provided $10 million for community infrastructure funding to help cater for 5000 new homes to be built Arncliffe and Banksia.

This included $4.5 million to be spent upgrading Arncliffe Park and $2.5 million for Gardiner Park, Banksia.

Arncliffe Park is in a floodway and special consideration needed to be given to the design of the synthetic field to ensure the development did not increase flooding to the field or adjoining properties.

The new synthetic field has been designed in a way that it allows overland flow to pass under the full width of the field from east to west.

The existing drainage under the current field is being replaced and sewer lines relocated outside the field.

As part of the project it has been identified that the adjacent fields in the park are not level so surplus soil removed from the construction of the synthetic field will be used to level out the other fields.

Bayside Council mayor Bill Saravinovski described the decisison as a major boost for the community of Arncliffe.

"It was a difficult process in terms of trying to get the right field in terms of the constraints we had with the water-table there," he said.

"It's something I am proud of. The soil will be turned in September and it will be delivered in April next year, depending on the weather.

"We are not going to rush it because we want to make sure we get it right.

"People said we wouldn't be able to do it. It said that we will deliver it. This facility is not for me, it's not for you, it's for our kids.

"This is a major boost to the community of Arncliffe and support for Arncliffe Aurora," Cr Saravinovski said.

"This has been four or five years of planning and we have the fruits today."

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