Sit back and enjoy new seating in Cook Park

Published on 09 October 2023

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Visitors to Cook Park now have more spaces to sit and watch sport or kick back and relax with two new tiered seating structures now open to the public.

An accessible seating structure at the junior rugby league fields and tiered seating plus awning extension at the AFL and cricket grounds completes the $700,000 Cook Park tiered seating project.

The project, which also included the installation of tiered seating at the netball courts completed earlier this year, was funded by the NSW Government's Resources for Regions and Local Roads and Community Infrastructure grants programs.

Justin Fitzpatrick-Barr, Council’s Director Infrastructure and Planning Services said the three new seating structures were a great addition to the facilities at Cook Park.

“These infrastructure upgrades were much needed to our largest sporting facility, and it enhances Cook Park’s status as one of the leading sporting venues in our region,” he said.

“Council has worked closely with each of the netball, AFL and junior rugby league clubs to design seating that suited each of their needs.

“They’re all concrete, so they will last for years to come, and have shade, which is important as we come into the hot summer months. Not only are these structures an asset to each of the sporting clubs, but to members of the wider community that enjoys time in Cook Park.”

Already the accessible tiered seating structure at the junior rugby league fields has been in use, with participants and spectators to the Under-15 Girls Country Youth Championships seen enjoying the structure during the competition last week.

Seating is not the only improvements being made to Cook Park.

Works are underway to rehabilitate all 12 netball courts, construct a new athletics administration building, the design of which also includes tiered seating, and improve the lighting for athletics and junior rugby league.

Construction to extend the AFL clubhouse in Cook Park is also due to begin in mid-2024.