Earlier this week, Cr Phelps wrote an op ed for the Daily Telegraph accusing the City of Sydney of failing to provide for our hockey playing community.
It is no secret that adequate sporting fields for all sports across all of our city area is of high priority. But due process means working through these needs fairly.
In line with our open space study, we are already building two new hockey fields: in Perry Park, Alexandria, and in our new Gunyama Park in Green Square.
We have also identified sporting fields where synthetic fields may suit the site and local needs. Unfortunately, Federal Park in Glebe has massive drainage issues which Sydney Water is currently working on. It is therefore not suitable for conversion to a synthetic field.
We’ve committed to open space and sporting needs for our community – but our approach has been to undertake a comprehensive open space needs study and then work through the priorities.
You can read through our Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study 2016 here: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/138720/Adopted-Open-Space-Sport-Rec-Needs-Study-2016-Vol-1_Part1.pdf