The NSW Government has announced an additional grant of $5 million towards construction of Hakoah White City.
The funding, which is committed regardless of the state election result this weekend, brings the total NSW Government support for the project to $12.5 million.
“We are deeply grateful to the NSW Government for this additional grant funding. The government’s support recognises the significant increase in construction costs in the industry post covid,” Hakoah president Steven Lowy said.
“At the time of entering into the construction agreement with our builder in the middle of last year, we faced an unprecedented construction cost inflation environment. We asked many major donors and the NSW government for additional support. In a collective further endorsement of this project, I am pleased that this call has been met.”
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the additional support from the NSW Government will ensure that the project, which commenced in 2022, will be completed as planned after a series of cost escalations.
“Sport plays an important part in the fabric of local communities,” Henskens said. “Providing the Hakoah Club with the financial support required to see this project through will go a long way to ensuring that more people in Sydney’s east can enjoy these benefits.”
In his president’s address at Hakoah’s AGM this evening, Lowy said the project “is now expected to be complete by the middle of next year”.
“Hakoah at White City will undoubtedly become the hub of Sydney’s Jewish community and a host venue for events, activities, and programs, run by our many vital community organisations,” he said.
“There is a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm for this project. We are more confident than ever that our vision and business plan will be met.”
Sporting facilities at the development will include a fitness centre, a floodlit all-weather football field, a learn-to-swim pool, a four-lane lap pool, and weatherproof multi-use courts for basketball, netball, futsal and more. Sydney Maccabi Tennis Club will develop and operate nine new tennis courts, four mini-courts for children, and a new clubhouse.
The facilities will include event spaces to support a wide range of social, educational, and cultural activities, including music, art and dance, while the club will also provide a range of cafe and dining experiences for members and guests.