Budget is committed to developing Canberra’s sport
Canberra Sport has received a significant financial boost with the ACT 2021-22 budget committing funds to build new state-of-the-art sports centers, modernize existing facilities across the city and partner with teams elite women’s sports to engage the community in sport.
This investment in sports infrastructure is part of the largest infrastructure program ever put in place by the ACT government to support our city’s post-pandemic economic recovery, creating and protecting thousands of jobs for the Canberrans.
As our city grows, the ACT government is committed to providing more sports facilities to help Canberrans stay active, healthy and engaged in the sports they love.
Gungahlin, one of the city’s fastest growing areas, will see investments in much-needed sports facilities for the community, with work continuing on the Throsby Home of Football and the design of the new Gungahlin Tennis Center is on the point to start.
For Maison du football, additional funding has been committed as part of this budget, bringing the total investment to $ 33.5 million, which includes a contribution of $ 4.5 million from our Capital Football partners.
This is an exciting project that will support a range of community and high performance programs for Capital Football and its affiliated clubs, as well as provide valuable open space for the community.
As the project continues through the planning phase, the community is invited from today to comment on the design of the facility via the ACT government’s YourSay website.
The new Gungahlin Tennis Center also takes it one step further with a tender to hire a consultant to undertake the design to be released tomorrow. A total investment of $ 8.4 million, including $ 400,000 from Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT, has been committed in the construction of the facility.
The center will have up to 10 to 12 full size courts; short hot shots; a hitting wall; LED lighting; parking and a pavilion.
In southern Canberra, the modernization of the Phillip District Enclosed Oval in Woden will align it with other high-quality ACT closed facilities such as Greenway Oval and Gungahlin Oval for the benefit of Rugby Union, League of rugby and cricket.
The improvements will include the construction of a new stand-alone pavilion; the renovation of the existing Michael O’Connor grandstand; installing new LED lighting for sports fields to support the use of night games; and general improvements to the oval. Over the next few weeks, the community will be invited to comment on proposed work for the Phillip District Closed Oval improvements on the YourSay website.
In addition to infrastructure investments, the ACT government is also investing $ 1.59 million to support elite women’s sport by providing ongoing funding to the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United.
We are committed to growing and supporting women in sport and these teams help promote and develop basketball and football in the community and women’s sport in general. They provide quality female role models, inspiring the next generation of female sports leaders.
Quotes attributable to Phil Brown, Managing Director, Capital Football and Neil Harlock, President, Gungahlin United FC:
Community sport plays a vital role in the health and well-being of society, and we are grateful for the support of the ACT government in the development of the Throsby precinct to enable our organizations to continue to provide this social benefit. in Gungahlin District and Canberra through participation in football and futsal.
Quotes attributable to Kim Kachel, CEO of Tennis ACT:
Tennis ACT is excited to see the progress made with the Amaroo Tennis Center in Gungahlin.
Tennis and the community at large were thrilled with the news from ACT Labor ahead of the 2020 election with Chief Minister Barr, Minister Berry and Nick Kyrgios announcing the ACT government’s $ 8 million pledge.
We look forward to seeing the site completed to begin serving areas of Gungahlin and to know that the facility enjoys great support from the community.
Developing tennis facilities in Gungahlin and avenues for growth has been a strategic priority – it will be an important first step to take as tennis continues to thrive in ACT and the region. It remains a sport for all and a sport for life and we have seen a huge increase in participation through the COVID pandemic.