Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
The Coalition Government will invest $284,332 in upgrading and improving the sporting facilities in several remote NT communities to help increase sporting participation and get the local community more active, more often.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, said the investment was part of the Move It Aus Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program that will provide funding to make improvements to local sporting facilities.
“The CLP has prioritised investment in local grassroots sports because we recognise the wider health, social and community benefits that come from greater activity and participating in sport,” Senator Scullion said today.
“It is a key priority of our government to promote the social and health benefits of physical activity and sport and our investment to upgrade facilities and infrastructure will provide a real encouragement for those local residents not currently active.”
Ms Price said the Wadeye softball oval will be kept in excellent condition with West Daly Regional Council receiving a grant of $153,233 for irrigation of the Wadeye softball oval.
“Pools in Santa Teresa and Areyonga will be upgraded thanks to an investment of $131,099 to MacDonnell Regional Council. I recently took Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie out to Santa Teresa to see how important the pool is to the community out there and I am pleased that these pools will be upgraded to provide much benefit to these communities.
I am sure residents in these communities will enjoy their improved sporting facilities,” Ms Price said.
MacDonnell Regional Council’s Chief Executive Office, Jeff MacLeod, said swimming pools were very important community assets.
“This funding means we can upgrade the Santa Teresa and Areyonga pools and ensure residents can enjoy relief from the desert heat while engaging in healthy activities.
“We thank Jacinta Price for her advocating to the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities for this timely investment in our pools. This means that pool staff can now focus on developing new activities like water polo, canoeing and learning lifesaving skills,” Mr MacLeod said.
West Daly Regional Council Chief Executive Officer, Shaun Hardy, said the new oval supports a regional softball competition including Wadeye and the neighbouring communities of Nganmarriyanga (Palumpa) and Peppimenarti.
“Government’s investment in sporting facilities is greatly appreciated by residents in the West Daly region. The new irrigation system will enable year round softball competitions for local women and girls, as well as encouraging other sporting and community development activities to be held,” Mr Hardy said.
Ms Price said the number of applications received nationally – 2,053 – was far more than anticipated and to meet the obvious interest, the government will allocate an additional $30 million for projects in early 2019 from the existing pool of applications.
“With the extra funds available, I urge all sporting and community organisations around the Territory to consider which facilities need an upgrade and get an application in,” Ms Price said.
“This demand has demonstrated that sporting and community organisations are crying out for help to upgrade their facilities and because of the Coalition Government’s responsible economic management and deliver a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment.”