Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Coalition Government will invest $540,000 in upgrading and improving Top End sporting facilities 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 Solomon, Kathy Ganley, 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.”
Mrs Ganley lobbied the Federal Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie, to support the important community sporting upgrades, with $500,000 for NT cricket to install new lighting at the Marrara Cricket Ground and City of Palmerston Council to receive $40, 000 for upgrades to the Palmerston Recreation Centre.
“The $500,000 investment to install new lighting at the Marrara Cricket Ground will provide greater opportunity to use the facility outside of the traditional weekend times. “For example, if we are able to run male and female competitions on evenings during the week after work, I am sure we’ll see more people pick up a bat or ball and get involved.
“I recently visited the Palmerston Recreation Centre and it was clear that the floor required an upgrade, the $40,000 investment was essential to the people of Palmerston because it is such a popular venue.
“Investing in our local community sporting facilities is an investment in getting people active and improving their health,” Mrs Ganley said.
Commenting on the announcement, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said this was a landmark development for cricket in the north.
“The $500,000 grant from the Australian Government is a significant development for cricket in the north and we are grateful for the investment in infrastructure to support our local cricket community.
“Thanks to the Australian Government, NT Cricket is significantly closer to lighting up Marrara Cricket Ground, and I look forward to working with other levels of government and Cricket Australia to secure the additional funding required,” Mr Morrison said.
Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell said the funding will assist upgrading works to the facility’s sports stadium.
“The facility hosts a number of sporting, community group and recreational activities, allowing local community clubs and organisations to facilitate a range of after-hours, weekend and school holiday activities to engage and support youth in Palmerston.
“Palmerston being the fastest growing city in the Territory, with a young, active community, it’s fantastic to see such investments which assist Council to deliver multipurpose facilities that support opportunities for our youth and families to participate in healthy and fun activities.
“I would like to thank the Coalition Government and in particular, Senator Nigel Scullion, for their generous commitment to this project,” Mayor Pascoe-Bell said.
Mrs Ganley 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 Darwin and Palmerston to consider which facilities need an upgrade and get an application in,” Ms Ganley said.
“This demand has demonstrated that sporting and community organisations are crying out for help to upgrade their facilities and because of the Liberal National government’s responsible economic management and deliver a budget surplus, we are in the position to increase the investment.”