Construction starts on Rogers Park amenities building
Construction has started for a new amenities building at Rogers Park, Woy Woy, for Peninsula Touch Football, Southern Spirit Cricket Club and Woy Woy Junior Rugby League Football Club.
"The new building will feature a canteen, two change rooms with showers, a referees' room, three storage areas and new toilets," said Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks after visiting the site.
"I am excited for the around 1500 young people on the Peninsula who play cricket, touch football or rugby league, who will have access to some of the best sporting infrastructure around the Central Coast.
"The start of construction is an important step forward to ensure local sporting clubs have safe, clean and useful facilities that support the important contributions they make in our community."
However, the project has not been without criticism, after a mature shade tree was felled by the Central Coast Council.
Ms Wicks said: "A white cedar tree has been removed from Rogers Park Oval, following a tree assessment by Central Coast Council arborist in 2020.
"This was in preparation for an environmental assessment report as part of the planned works to upgrade the sports amenities building.
"The tree was assessed as unhealthy with poor characteristics.
"Council will be replanting two trees of a native species at the oval in its place once the replacement amenities works are complete."
Grow Urban Shade Trees group member Ms Melissa Chandler commented on the social media posting: "Hi Lucy, I really hope you will consider overseeing the replanting.
"I suggest a new, super-mature white cedar. And two other local species.
"The replacement trees will take many, many years to reach the size of the one removed.
"Our community needs shade now, not in 30 years."
The project has also forced the closure of the Woy Woy Peninsula Lions Club's monthly car boot sale, which used the car park and toilet block at the site.
Social media, 8 Nov 2021
Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson