Eastwood unveil plans for new home ground

Eastwood will call a new state of the art rugby facility in Castle Hill home after officially unveiling plans overnight.

Hills Council last night voted to approve a masterplan to upgrade the existing Fred Caterson Reserve multi-sport precinct featuring as its centrepiece an elite rugby complex.

The planned rugby complex is intended to feature three full-size playing grounds – including a new home ground for Eastwood’s premier Shute Shield team with grandstand and terrace seating – training facilities, spectator amenities, car parking and an administration centre.

Under the Council masterplan Eastwood Rugby will become the long-term occupant of the site.

Eastwood Rugby Chairman Rob Cusack said the planned new complex was an ideal base for positioning Eastwood as a community focal point in one of Sydney’s fastest-growing areas.

“We’re grateful for the confidence Council has shown in Eastwood Rugby and we commend Council for sharing and endorsing our vision for the new centre,” Mr Cusack said.

“Our new home at Castle Hill puts Eastwood Rugby in the heart of a major population centre that is projected to boom in coming years. It’s also a natural rugby catchment, with a strong rugby presence in local schools and clubs that is crying out for a local marquee team to get behind,” he said.

“When the centre is completed Eastwood’s playing grounds and match-day facilities will be among the best in Sydney rugby. We can’t think of a better platform for developing our player base, attracting new members and spectators and, ultimately, positioning Eastwood as a long-term club rugby powerhouse in Sydney.”

Commenting on Eastwood Rugby’s proposed new base, Rugby Australia interim Chief Executive Rob Clarke said: ‘’This is fantastic news for Eastwood Rugby, for North West Sydney and of course for our game. The Woods have a long proud history and over the years, they have become an icon of Sydney Club Rugby. A new base in this rapidly growing part of Sydney will no doubt strengthen the Club, and our game, long into the future and we look forward to seeing more games at all levels taking centre stage on the new fields.’’

NSW Rugby CEO Paul Doorn said: “This is an exciting development for rugby in the Hills district. On behalf of NSW Rugby I’d like to thank the Hills Shire Council for their investment in this new sporting complex. The facility will be a fantastic platform for Eastwood Rugby and will support the growth of our game in a passionate sporting district. We have seen projects like this drive participation and player development in other communities and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact of this facility in coming years.”

With the masterplan approved Eastwood Rugby will move to finalise documentation and lease arrangements before beginning construction, expected in early 2021.

Eastwood’s move to Castle Hill follows the sale of its former home ground, TG Millner Sportsground in Marsfield, in 2017.