WestConnex turf gets new life supporting tomorrow’s Aussie sport stars

11 May 2016

The artificial turf which was once the playing surface at Cintra Park hockey field at Concord is on its way to a new life.

Sporting stars of tomorrow at Westfields Sports High, Fairfield, will get the chance to play on the turf, when it becomes the new playing surface on one of the school’s mixed use fields.

M4 East project director Terry Chapman said it was great to see parts of the old hockey field being reused following the opening of the new world-class hockey facilities at St Lukes Park, Concord.

“Now that new hockey facilities have been unveiled at St Lukes, work is now underway at Cintra Park to prepare the site for its role in the M4 East construction as a midway tunnelling point,” Mr Chapman said.

“This means removing the old playing surface, which still has life in it and will be a valuable resource for Westfields Sports High.”

Around 4,000 square metres of turf has been rolled up and donated to the school to not only ensure the community benefits wherever possible, but to reuse materials.

“We are always looking at ways to sustainably carry out work wherever we can. This turf now has a second life, and has avoided heading to landfill,” Mr Chapman said.

Westfields Sports High has been the breeding ground for sports stars such as Michael Clarke, Jarryd Hayne, and Harry Kewell. Westfields Sports High Principal Roger Davis said the school was immensely grateful for the donation.

“We’re used to donations to support our students’ sporting development, but this will be a particular boost that the whole school will benefit from,” Mr Davis said.

“We’ll be laying this turf over an existing concrete mixed use field, which will better reflect professional playing conditions.

“We’ll also be looking at using some for our cricket nets.

“We’d like to thank Sydney Motorway Corporation for the donation and arranging delivery to the school,” he said.

The M4 East will extend the M4 via tunnel from Homebush to Haberfield and will be the first tunnel section of WestConnex to start work.

Major construction work is due to get underway on the M4 East mid-year and is due to open to traffic in 2019.

When completed, WestConnex will link the M4 and M5 with a continuous free-flowing motorway, creating 10,000 jobs and injecting more than $20 billion into the NSW economy.