Wests Tigers prepare new home at Liverpool’s Carnes Hill in deal with Mayor Ned Mannoun
JOHN LEHMANN EDITOR AT LARGE
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
JULY 29, 2015 12:00AM
LIVERPOOL is set to become Sydney’s new Tiger Town, with the NRL’s Wests Tigers moving to build their home in the fast-growing southwest.
The battling club, now based at Concord, has agreed to partner with Liverpool City Council to develop a $22 million centre of excellence at Carnes Hill. Wests and Liverpool are jointly lobbying for $10 million from the federal government, as well as state funding, to put towards the community facility.
“If the funding comes through, Liverpool is where we will be,” Tigers chairwoman Marina Go told The Daily Telegraph yesterday.
The partnership is a win for Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun, who has been competing with Campbelltown to lure the Tigers to the southwest, where an extra 300,000 people are expected to live over the next 20 years.
“This is very exciting to see the Tigers looking towards the future at Liverpool,’’ Mr Mannoun said.
“It would be great for our local kids to be around their heroes and see them training — we don’t have a sports team fully engaged with Liverpool.’’
The centre would build momentum for Mr Mannoun’s push for Liverpool to be chosen to site a new 30,000-seat Western Sydney sports stadium in the years ahead. He has also initiated negotiations with the owners of England’s famous Liverpool Football Club to one day back an A-League club based in Sydney’s southwest.
Ms Go said the Tigers would continue to split their matches between Campbelltown, Leichhardt and ANZ Stadium at Homebush.
“We would love to get to the point where we do have one home ground but that may or may not be a main stadium,’’ she said.
The centre of excellence — which would include high-performance facilities as well as community assets like a swimming pool — would be the second stage of the Carnes Hill recreation project.
The first $40 million stage, to be completed next year, includes an indoor recreation centre, library, cafe, skate park and outdoor sports courts.
A Sport spokesman said the NSW government would continue to work with the NRL on centres of excellence.