Its custodians are the Wangal people, it housed the convicts who broke the first stones for Great North Road, it was the site of the wallabies’ heartbreaking Rugby World Cup Semi Final loss to France, and now the City of Canada Bay’s beloved Concord Oval is set to be transformed into a thriving recreation facility for the future of the community.
Funded by $30 million from the NSW Government through the Parramatta Road Urban Amenity Improvement Program, with further funding from the City of Canada Bay and Wests Tigers, the Redevelopment of Concord Oval (ROCO) will tackle increased population forecasts for the Burwood-Concord and Kings Bay precincts. The new facility will deliver a range of community services including a new indoor recreation centre, open spaces for passive recreation, rooms for community use, new match day facilities for local sporting clubs and a new High Performance Centre for the Wests Tigers.
Concord Oval was last redeveloped in 1985 as a match venue for the 1987 Rugby World Cup. While the playing surface is still well utilised by local sporting clubs, the spectator and associated facilities have been underused since the construction of larger game venues such as Stadium Australia in Homebush, Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park and Parramatta Stadium. In addition to being the home ground for West Harbour Rugby Club and the Inter Lions Soccer Club, Concord Oval currently serves as the training ground and administration centre for the Wests Tigers.