Ground Relocation

In June 2009 a subcommittee was formed between the Southern Power AFC, the Miranda Bombers Junior AFL club and the AFL (NSW / ACT) for the redevelopment of Lincoln Oval, Sutherland. Since its inception the two clubs in conjunction with AFL (NSW/ACT) have collectively worked and agreed on the direction forward by developing a Master Plan for the project.

The project would involve the upgrade and redevelopment of playing facilities at Waratah Park No. 4 (Lincoln Oval), Sutherland to create the first ‘Regional AFL Facility’ for the Sutherland Shire. Such a facility will accommodate the growth and development of Australian Rules Football within the Sutherland Shire of Sydney.

Australian Rules Football has experienced significant growth year on year in Sydney over the past 10 years. With the inclusion of a 2nd Sydney AFL team in the AFL competition from 2012 this will only provide greater opportunities for aspiring athletes to represent both the Sydney Swans and Greater Western Sydney clubs. The Sutherland Shire is a growing community with over 205,000 residents, 55% of whom are aged 15-54 yrs of age, with a strong sporting culture. Since 2006, AFL participation within the Shire has grown between 10 -15% year on year. With over 1000 Shire residents participating in community AFL programs, we believe there is a very real need for a Regional AFL facility in Southern Sydney and within the Sutherland Shire.

Southern Power is the only Senior Club in the region. The recent growth experienced has seen the club increase in the past 12 months from just 2 x men’s sides and 1 x Under 18’s team to 3 x men’s teams, 1 x Under 18’s team and a new women’s team. This increase has meant that the current facilities are inadequate and force the teams to move to alternate locations for training and matches.

Completion of this project would allow the Southern Power AFC to relocate from Gwawley Oval (which is unable to be suitably upgraded) at Taren Point to Lincoln Oval. This development would also enable the Miranda Bombers JAFC’s (currently at the proposed site) to continue their growth and development, synergising the juniors (Miranda Bombers JAFC) and the seniors (Southern Power AFC) at one location.

The construction of the proposed works will further enhance the ability of our club and the code to compete with the facilities available to rival codes and attract and recruit new players and supporters. AFL is perhaps the only mainstream sport in the area which does not have a ‘regional facility’ for participants and the code to utilise, and this project aims to rectify this.

All parties involved with the project have made significant financial commitments, however more funds are required to see this project become a reality so we will be actively looking for support of this project.

Should you wish to obtain more information about the Waratah Park Project or view the project Master Plan, please do not hesitate to contact either the Southern Power AFC or Miranda Bombers JAFC for further information.