Synthetic league field expected

On the ball: The first synthetic rugby league field in Australia is expected to be developed at Reserve 811 following talks between Blacktown Council, NRL and Penrith District Junior Rugby League Association.

On the ball: The first synthetic rugby league field in Australia is expected to be developed at Reserve 811 following talks between Blacktown Council, NRL and Penrith District Junior Rugby League Association.

KELLYVILLE Ridge will be home to the first synthetic rugby league field in the southern hemisphere.

Blacktown Council adopted the final master plan of Reserve 811.

Construction will start in the first half of 2015 and be ready in time for the 2016 season.

It will include a synthetic full-sized field, two turf mini playing fields, an amenities building, 84 car spaces and a playground.

The council will contribute $3.83 million to the cost of the facilities.

The report was deferred in March while talks with National Rugby League were ongoing.

The NRL has since confirmed it will contribute $600,000 towards the synthetic field.

Additional fencing and shade were added to the master plan following feedback during the public exhibition period.

The facility will be used by rugby league clubs for training and competition, community "come and try" days and other league-oriented events.

"Any future programs would need to be of a scale and nature that is in keeping with the facility and surrounding landowners," the report said.

Reserve 811 is currently home to the temporary Kellyville Ridge Neighbourhood Centre, which will be decommissioned following the opening of The Ponds Community Resource Centre.

"It's a good development for the area," Cr Alan Pendleton said. "The only thing I was concerned about was the car parking, which changed the master plan for the adjoining reserve."

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