Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park has once again written to the NSW Rugby League inviting them to visit the region to look at the facilities available with a view to have the NSW State of Origin team training camp based in the Illawarra.
The highly successful Super League match where two world class teams were based in the Illawarra shows that not only do we have the facilities across the region to accommodate the needs of the NSW Blues, but the community will get behind them in a big way in the lead up to the 2018 series.
Mr Park said given there has been a change in personnel at the Blues, with new coach Brad Fittler now in charge, the opportunity remains for the region to play a big role in what will hopefully be a series win for the team.
Both Wigan and Hull FC Super League teams praised the fantastic facilities and sporting infrastructure in the region when they played the recent historic match at WIN Stadium.
The Illawarra has all the facilities needed to be a home base for the NSW team including a fantastic stadium and training facilities, first class medical professionals and is located close to Sydney.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Illawarra Ryan Park:
“After the recent success of the Super League match it is quite clear that we have the capacity and ability to be the base and training camp for the NSW State of Origin team.
“Not only do we have the facilities but it is clear through recent major events that we have hosted that we have a community who gets behind these opportunities and goes out of their way to make visitors to the region feel welcome.
“We are very well placed to host the NSW Blue’s and I am urging officials to come down and see what we have to offer”