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Multi-million-dollar indoor sports complex for Castle Hill

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A multi-million-dollar world-class indoor sports facility is planned for Castle Hill and will bring with it “significant social and economic benefits” to the Hills and beyond.Indoor Sports Complex Castle Hill

Woodward Sydney will be the first of its kind in Australia, run by global leader of action sports experiences Woodward (which has a massive footprint in the US).

The facility will feature skateboarding, BMX, scooter, snowboarding, skiing, aerial awareness, rock climbing and bouldering. It will boast a state-of-the-art design, utilising “unique training tools and offering a range of programs catering to all ages and ability levels from beginners to Olympians”.

Backed by a $1.8 million NSW Government grant from the Greater Sydney Sports Facility Fund, Woodward Sydney will be located adjacent to Castle Towers, in purpose-built premises over three levels with a building footprint of 3,650m.

Woodward said Sydney was the ideal city for the company’s expansion overseas.Sports Complex Castle Hill

“We are incredibly excited to bring Woodward to Sydney and at this location in Castle Hill,” Woodward Australia Managing Director David Russell said.

Mr Russell said the project would deliver significant social and economic benefits to the area – providing a new space for recreation and a hub for the local community, while attracting visitors from Greater Sydney, interstate and internationally.

The facility will have a variety of zones, including climbing and bouldering walls, a skatepark, pump track, mini ramps, mega ramp, foam pits, spring floor, trampolines and a gym. It will also have a café, bar and event space overlooking all the action.

Access will be via casual passes, memberships, individual classes, multi-week programs, school PE programs, school holiday camps, birthday parties, events and competitions. There would also be a focus on increased participation and empowerment of females in action sports.

The addition of Woodward Sydney cements QIC’s long-term vision for the development of its extensive Castle Towers site.

QIC Investment General Manager Matthew James said: “At Castle Towers we’re building a transformative town centre that anticipates the lifestyle needs and values of the growing Hills Shire community.”

“The addition of Woodward’s world-leading action sports facility speaks directly to that aspiration. The fact that Woodward has selected Castle Towers for their first destination outside of the US validates our long-term vision for the region and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with them on this endeavour,” he said.

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Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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