Upgrades for Historic Henson Park

A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will partner with the Marrickville Council to deliver much-needed upgrades to Henson Park, the home of the famous Newtown Jets, Australia's oldest Rugby League club.

The announcement was made on Tuesday, 17th August by the Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, Anthony Albanese and the Minister for Sport, Kate Ellis.

Federal Labor will invest $920,000 into the project, with Marrickville Council committing an additional $200,000.

The Newtown Rugby League Football Club had made a submission to the Federal MP for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese regarding funding for upgrades at Henson Park. The club was well aware of the Member for Grayndler's keen support for community projects and his knowledge and admiration of the role played by Henson Park in Sydney's sporting culture and inner-city folklore.

The project will deliver essential upgrades to this historic sporting facility, opened in the 1930's and the site of the closing ceremony for the 1938 British Empire Games. The upgrades are expected to: