FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he’s working with the State Government to secure more money for a revamp of Brookvale Oval.
The MP and number one Sea Eagles ticket holder, said Warringah Council-owned Brookvale “needs an upgrade” after confirmation from NSW Sports Minister, Stuart Ayres that suburban grounds won’t be handed a slice of $1.6 billion.
The Manly Sea Eagles and the Cronulla Sharks at Brookvale Oval. Picture: Mark Kolbe.
Ayres has now rubber stamped the deal which will see the cash go to rebuild Sydney Olympic Park and Moore Park stadiums, as well as Parramatta Stadium.
Mr Abbott said $10 million already put on the table by the Federal Government was still on offer. Yesterday, his office said: “Brookvale Oval needs an upgrade. The northern beaches deserves a great sporting ground.
“The Manly Sea Eagles are finalising their plans for an upgrade and Mr Abbott is working with the Club and Mike Baird to secure support from the NSW Government.”
The Sea Eagles have outlined plans for an ambitions revamp of their home, including two high rise towers, which would cost up to $30 million.
Warringah Council has also been working on a Brookvale masterplan for the whole suburb.
And Warringah Mayor, Michael Regan, said if one northern beaches council is formed by the amalgamation Manly, Pittwater and Warringah, the new mega council could possibly get a less ambitions redevelopment of Brookvale off the ground, along with $10 million federal cash.
Tony Abbott said he’s working with the State Government on upgrade plans.
NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said: “Brookvale Oval is owned, operated and the responsibility of Warringah Council.”