Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Northern Territory has a new world-class sporting facility with the official opening of the joint Federal-NT government funded Darwin indoor netball stadium today at the Marrara Sporting Complex.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, said the new facility is a big win for the 4,000 registered netball players in Darwin.
The new facility has four new courts including a feature show court with seating for 2,000 spectators, along with three additional competitive-standard courts.
“This netball facility would not be going ahead without the Coalition Government’s $8 million investment, of this there can be no doubt,” Senator Scullion said.
“The Coalition Government is delivering on our election commitment to ensure Territorians will have a great new community asset that will allow the popular sport of netball to be played all year round and attract national and international events.
“This is a wonderful investment in grassroots sport for the Territory and will encourage participation in netball, basketball and a range of other sports.”
Mrs Ganley said the new facility comes fully equipped with everything players need, including change rooms, an umpires room, meeting rooms and a café.
“Sporting facilities like this are at the heart of a community and are a valuable investment in building community spirit, pride and inclusiveness,” Mrs Ganley said.
“This new indoor netball facility is a great example of the Country Liberals absolute commitment to ensuring Territorians have access to the same level of amenity as the rest of the country.
“What this investment demonstrates is the Federal Coalition’s strong commitment to delivering for all Territorians through initiatives like this as well as the $4.2 billion we are investing in Northern Territory services and infrastructure this year.”
Senator Scullion said while the Gunner Government was driving away jobs and investment ninety-nine jobs were created during construction and the stadium is expected to support up to 10 ongoing jobs.
“Sadly, this project is another reminder of the Gunner Government’s terrible economic mismanagement as it was almost $2 million over budget,” Senator Scullion said.
“The original cost for this project was $18 million with $8 million from the Federal Coalition Government and $10 million from the Northern Territory Government but the Gunner Government funding ended up being $11.8 million.
“Minister Lauren Moss has said the extra $1.8 million came from within the existing sporting infrastructure budget but given the NT Government’s budget crisis, Labor need to tell the truth about where this extra taxpayers’ money from Territorians came from.
“Minister Moss said there was a budget adjustment within the agency portfolio so did any other projects have funds cut or given Labor has sent the NT broke, I assume this has been put on the credit card for Territorians to pay even more interest on Michael Gunner’s and Nicole Mansion’s already record debt?
“Only the Country Liberals can be trusted to manage the economy, guarantee essential services and important community sports infrastructure such as this netball stadium, while getting the budget back into surplus and paying down Labor’s debt.”