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Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 23 April 2021 Securing Netball’s Future In The North The Tasmanian Liberal Government is passionate about the growth of netball in the state and we are committed to investing in the development of modern facilities for all levels of the sport in northern Tasmania, including elite competition. A Memorandum of […]

Media release – Tasmanian Liberals, 23 April 2021

Securing Netball’s Future In The North

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is passionate about the growth of netball in the state and we are committed to investing in the development of modern facilities for all levels of the sport in northern Tasmania, including elite competition.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed today between Premier Peter Gutwein and the Northern Tasmanian Netball Association, will ensure a re-elected Liberal Government will invest in a dedicated netball hub in Northern Tasmania.

The hub will be fit-for-purpose with netball as the priority tenant, including modern indoor playing facilities and administration rooms to support participation growth.

The MOU commits both parties to work together in good faith to develop the facility in consultation with the relevant Local Government authority and Netball Tasmania.

I’m confident this will give netball the confidence to plan for future growth.

Our Government has listened carefully to the netball community and the hub will be an excellent addition to existing facilities, including the current Hobblers Bridge facility.

Investing In Sporting Infrastructure For The Future

Only a Gutwein Liberal Government has the clear plan to secure Tasmania’s future and invest in the sporting infrastructure the State needs.

I am pleased to announce that if re-elected, we will provide $1 million towards stage one of the New Town Sports Precinct Masterplan redevelopment.

This investment will enable the conversion of a bowls green into two additional floodlit netball courts.

It will also provide for new secure fencing, synthetic grass and sun protection for bowls players.

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With participation on the rise across several sporting and recreation activities, this redevelopment is designed to meet future demand in the community.

This sporting precinct is one of the most popular and heavily used sports facilities in Hobart, with over 300,000 people utilising it each year. It is the home base for several clubs and organisations, including the New Town District Cricket Club, North Hobart Junior Football Club, St Virgil’s Old Scholars Football Club and the Hobart Athletics Club.

The total cost of the Masterplan redevelopment is an estimated $20 million and will provide a new clubroom & function centre, a state of the art indoor and outdoor training facility for cricket, a gymnasium, new change room facilities, improved playing surface, additional indoor netball courts, and a new reception and car park facility for the whole precinct. It will service the precinct for the next generation.

Our $1 million commitment for stage one of the project will enable the commencement of the redevelopment and make it shovel ready.

Only a re-elected majority Gutwein Liberal Government understands the vital role sport and recreation plays within our communities by bringing people together and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.


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Rebecca White MP, Labor Leader & David O’Byrne MP, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Sport, 23 April 2021

Labor will support Tasmanian football with upgrades to facilities

A majority Labor Government will deliver upgrades to football facilities state-wide and match the Liberals commitment of $10 million towards the upgrade of base camps for the Women’s World Cup.

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Labor Leader Rebecca White said Labor will support infrastructure proposals from Football Tasmania, along with building a rectangle football stadium.

“A majority Labor Government will match the Liberals commitment to spend $10 million to upgrade Valley Road, Churchill Park, Birch Avenue and Lightwood park as base camps for the 2023 Women’s World Cup,” Ms White said.

“We will also support infrastructure proposals across the state including:

“This will equal to $4,824,500 for football infrastructure across Tasmania along with the $10 million base camps promise.”

Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Sport David O’Byrne said the funding will work alongside Labor’s plan to build a boutique rectangular stadium.

“A majority Labor Government will commit to build a boutique size rectangular stadium in Hobart to help create a pathway to a future professional football team,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Labor have listened to the Tasmanian football community and we believe the infrastructure proposals along with a rectangular stadium will deliver the best outcomes for football in Tasmania.

“Labor is working for Tasmanians to deliver the sporting infrastructure they need to live happy, healthy and connected lives.”

A majority Labor Government commits to a boutique rectangular stadium in Hobart

A majority Labor Government will commit to build a boutique size rectangular stadium with a capacity capable of holding 10 to 15 thousand people in Hobart.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the stadium would be suitable to host professional football and rugby, along with helping attract other sporting and live music events to the state.

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“Tasmania needs a rectangle stadium,” Ms White said.

“Our state missed out on hosting games in the 2023 Women’s World Cup due to our lack of a rectangular stadium and we can’t let this happen again.

“The Tasmanian football community sees a rectangle stadium as critical for the development of the sport in the state and this is why a majority Labor Government will build one.”

Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Sport David O’Byrne said Labor will establish a high-powered taskforce to ascertain an appropriate site, partners and funding to achieve this outcome, with the taskforce reporting back to the State Government by the end of 2021.

“Football is the biggest sport in Tasmania in terms of participation and they deserve the infrastructure that reflects this,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“This stadium will be based in Hobart and will be capable of hosting events across a number of sports, along with potential for hosting large capacity concerts and events.

“Tasmania is the only state that does not have a purpose-built rectangle stadium to host football, league or union and that is simply unacceptable.

“A rectangular stadium would bring Tasmania in line with all other states and help drive a greater involvement in the national sporting landscape.

“Labor is working for Tasmanians to deliver the sporting infrastructure they need to live happy, healthy and connected lives.”

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/sport-policy-announcements-netball-football/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sport-policy-announcements-netball-football

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