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The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are pleased to announce that Brookvale Oval will receive funding from the Federal Government to contribute towards upgrading the historic home of the Club.
Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Anthony Albanese MP today announced funding of $10 million towards the construction of a new $30 million purpose-built Eastern grandstand at Brookvale Oval that will provide covered and tiered seating for 4,350 spectators as well as corporate hospitality, meeting and community facilities.
Once completed, this redevelopment will help ensure the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles continue to play its home games at Brookvale Oval - the home of the highly successful team since 1947.
Sea Eagles Chairman, Scott Penn, expressed his gratitude and delight at the contribution and support towards this $30 million dollar Stage One project.
"Our Brookvale Oval Committee has worked tirelessly to create a plan that suits the needs of both the community and the Sea Eagles. This funding will go a long way towards bringing our plans to fruition. This is great news for Sea Eagles members and fans."
The planned upgrade of Brookvale Oval, when fully completed, will not only support the Sea Eagles, our members and fans; it will also provide a range of community and educational benefits that are currently lacking in our region.
This component of the plan has been driven by Tim Cleary, Principal of St Augustine's College, who came to us with the concept of bringing additional educational and sporting use at the venue outside of the NRL games played there.
The Sea Eagles would like to acknowledge the hard work and passion the Hon Kerry Sibraa AO, Club Co-Patron and Chairman of the Brookvale Oval committee, has contributed to this project. Kerry has been tireless in his lobbying to Government and, with the entire Brookvale Oval committee, has been instrumental in delivering these proposed plans.
Mr Sibraa also expressed his appreciation of the much needed funding. "I'm absolutely thrilled the Federal Government is supporting our plans to redevelop Brookvale Oval. This great Club and its fans deserve this support.
"Like everyone associated with the Club, I never want us to be in the position where we have to leave Brookvale and I sincerely thank the Deputy Prime Minister and the Government", Mr Sibraa said.
Sea Eagles General Manager, David Perry, added that the funding would help the Club provide increased undercover seating, in turn boosting crowds and membership growth, ensuring the opportunity to grow revenue and secure the club financially.
"When this project is completed, the facility will include a range of educational and community facilities which will not only benefit the Sea Eagles but the whole community", Perry said.