Football South Coast chief executive Ann-Marie Balliana remains confident of retaining $7.4 million for the West Dapto "home of football" development, despite the new federal government's decision to reassess the funding.
The Mercury understands Warren Truss, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, has called for a review of all uncontracted applications from the former Regional Development Australia Fund, which includes the West Dapto project.
Balliana said she accepted the new government would want to "cast their eye over" any funding approvals and was confident the home of football presented a worthy case for the changed fund.
"I am confident it ticks all the right boxes," she said.
"When you look at the National Stronger Regions Fund, it is all about growing jobs and improving community facilities, so it would be hard to argue that the 'home of football' doesn't meet that criteria."
Balliana was adamant Football South Coast had taken all the right steps to present a worthy project to both federal and state governments.
"When you also look at state Liberal government and us being shortlisted as part of the Restart Illawarra Infrastructure Fund, the whole reason that we were shortlisted was because of the economic growth to the region," Balliana said.
"This is a Liberal government and initially it was the Labor government that approved the federal funding. So both sides of key government recognise the economic growth and the economic and social benefits of this."
Football in the region has battled for more than a decade to build a sustainable location for housing the sport.
The West Dapto development is seen as the answer, and Balliana believes it meets the necessary criteria for funding.
"As far as we are concerned, we put forward a business case," Balliana said.
"We showed from having that complex, from having that home of football, that there was going to be economic growth as a result and there was going to be job generation.
"We supplied a business case and an economic impact assessment to justify that and to show that."
"We have got the details, we have got the justification and we have got the data to show the benefits of this home of football complex," she said.