Wentworth Park Games 2011

(11am 16 October 2011, Wentworth Park)

Thank you and hello, everyone. It's great to see you all here. I'd like firstly to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, and pay my respects to the Elders, both past and present.

Thanks to the Blackwattle Cove Coalition, this is the fourth fabulous year of these hotly contested games and once again, there is fierce rivalry between the Ultimo-Pyrmont and Glebe-Forest Lodge teams.

You'll see it in the great tug-of-war, and in the other events on the program, all of them counting scores towards the overall GUP Cup - and that stands for Glebe Ultimo Pyrmont Cup, for those of you who might not know.

Glebe has proved the overall winner for the last few years but I hear there's a fresh push this year to take the trophy home to Ultimo-Pyrmont.

Of course, there's also the fabulous Mongrel Cup for pooches large and small and any number of games and activities for children and adults who want to release their inner child.

This year, in remembrance of the park's time as a speedway during the 20s and 30s, members of the Veteran Speedway Association will be racing their cars on the track.

There are any number of stories in these 13 ha and I want to congratulate the Blackwattle Cove Coalition for helping to keep them alive - and for working with us and the park Sporting Trust to continue to improve and renovate this space as a gathering place for the surrounding communities.

Working with the community and the trust, we've removed the walls which isolated this space from its surrounds, and the viaduct arches have been opened up, giving views through to Blackwattle Bay.

I know the playground equipment and fitness stations the City installed are getting good use and Wentworth Park is truly now a space for people of all ages.

It's great to see it being so well used today. I wish you all a lot of fun and am pleased to now declare the 2011 Wentworth Park Games officially open.

Thank you.