Joint Media Release with Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, have welcomed the announcement of $239,050 into NT sporting infrastructure as part of the second $30 million round of the Coalition Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
“The Nhulunbuy BMX Club will upgrade its canteen and social area thanks to this CLP investment of $239,050,” Senator Scullion said.
“This investment demonstrates the Federal Coalition’s strong commitment to delivering better community infrastructure for Territorians. This announcement builds on the $4.2 billion we are already investing in Northern Territory services and infrastructure this year.”
Ms Price said sport played an important role across the Territory and the benefits of this CLP investment in the Nhulunbuy facilities will be felt right across the Gove region.
“This is a wonderful investment in grassroots sport for the Territory and will encourage participation in sports and getting Territorians out and active,” Ms Price said.
“The CLP has a track record in investing in remote sports infrastructure providing $46,007 towards the development of an all-season race track at Nhulunbuy BMX Club under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), which has been delivered for the club and the people of Nhulunbuy.”
The new canteen will be a fully enclosed structure with purpose built facilities to ensure the club complies with food handling and safety requirements.
“The new canteen will be located slightly different to the existing canteen to create a partially covered open area where members and guests can socialise on training nights and race nights whilst being able to view the action on the track,” Ms Price said.
Nhulunbuy Bicycle Motocross Club Inc Public Officer, Paul Mery, said it was an “awesome outcome” for the club.
“With club riders increasing from 30 to over 120 in recent years the canteen and social area funding provides much needed upgrades to aging infrastructure, and continues on the improvements of recent years that has made the club popular for all age groups. The canteen provides a focal point for the club and provides significant fundraising opportunities for our club and community. Our sincere thanks to the Australian Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program,” Mr Mery said.
“From the initial investment through the BBRF we were able to host the 2018 BMXNT Titles in October last year with our all season track.
“These investments have made possible the continued growth of the sport in not only Nhulunbuy but interest across the NT.”
Minister McKenzie said, “The Coalition Government understands that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports, which is why we have focused our investment on local grassroots sporting facilities such as the Nhulunbuy BMX club.”
“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.”