ACT Labor hits a home run for baseball in Canberra

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ACT Labor continues to invest in Canberra to make it an even better place to live, work, study and play.

Canberrans are the most active people in the country when it comes to exercise and participation in organised sport with more than 90 per cent of Canberrans regularly participating in sport and physical activity.

ACT Labor is delivering high quality sports facilities to meet the demands of active Canberrans and local sporting groups.

That is why the ACT Labor Government has been delivering better facilities and spaces, to provide for those already participating and to encourage other Canberrans to take up the opportunity to have a more active lifestyle.

Baseball is a growing sport in the ACT with more than 1,100 active participants, at a range of age and skill levels, and a thriving national league team.

Narrabundah Ball Park is the premier baseball facility in the ACT.  It is home to our national league baseball team – the Canberra Cavalry – and is used for ACT Baseball League games as well as community sport.

The ACT Labor Government has supported the Canberra Cavalry to become one of Canberra’s newest national league teams, providing $42,000 in the 2012-13 budget, an increase of more than $10,000 from 2011-12.

We have also delivered upgrades to the ball park, including the installation of broadcast quality lighting, making it one of the only baseball facilities in Australia.

But there is more to do.

 

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will deliver $5 million to undertake major upgrades at Narrabundah Ball Park – the home of baseball in the ACT.

 

Policy costings

ACT Labor will invest $5 million over three years in capital funding to upgrade Narrabundah Ball Park.

 

ACT Labor’s plan to upgrade Narrabundah Ball Park

 

2013-2014

2014 -2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

TOTAL

Capital

 

$0.5m

$2.5m

$2.0m

$5.0m

Total

 

$0.5m

$2.5m

$2.0m

$5.0m

 

 

 

 

What we have already delivered for Baseball

The ACT Labor Government has already delivered significant upgrades to the Narrabundah Ball Park.

In total, $3 million has been invested since 2010-11 so the Ball Park meets ABL standards and better meets the needs of the local baseball community.

Improvements to Narrabundah Ball Park include full-size dugouts, broadcast standard lighting, better spectator seating, upgrading the infield to drought-tolerant turf, replacing the irrigation system, installing an electronic scoreboard, and adding player safety padding.

The upgrading of the Ball Park, including lighting and further consolidation of the other fields has allowed ACT Baseball to host Australian Baseball Federation sanctioned tournaments. In 2012, the Ball Park hosted the women’s nationals and under-15 girls’ nationals.  These tournaments brought 13 teams and over 300 participants and supporters to town.

 

How this policy will help baseball in the ACT?

ACT Labor will deliver $5 million to further upgrade the Narrabundah Ball Park. These upgrades recognise the development of the Canberra Cavalry and the growth in baseball participation, which has been boosted by the Cavalry.

There has been strong community support for the Cavalry, with the team drawing an average crowd of more than 1,000 during the 2011-12 season.  The Cavalry have worked hard to increase their presence with a focus on school and community visits.

Importantly, further upgrade work to provide a better venue will boost associated revenue streams to help sustain the team and will attract more national events to the Narrabundah Baseball Precinct – further contributing to the ACT economy.

The upgrade will include:

  • A new grandstand, including player and public amenities;
  • Improved concessions and retail outlet;
  • Realignment of the field along the first and third base lines; and
  • Improvements to public access and car parking.

The ACT Government will undertake planning and design works in 2014-15 with construction to be complete by 2016-17.

Why is providing opportunities for physical activity important?

ACT Labor recognises the importance of physical activity and recreation for health and wellbeing, as well as social inclusion and community building.

That’s why we have worked hard to deliver high-quality sport and recreation facilities for all Canberrans, and are continuing to deliver state-of-the-art facilities to meet the demands of the Canberra community into the future.

The health and wellbeing of all Canberrans is our priority and investing in community sporting and recreation facilities means we all have the opportunity to get fit and stay active.

 

ACT Labor has already announced our $26 million plan to upgrade local sporting facilities including:

  • A $5.1 million soccer facility at Melrose High;
  • Funding for a study into indoor sports facilities on the north side;
  • Restoration of Spence and Torrens Neighbourhood Ovals;
  • Upgrades to the irrigation at Kambah and Hawker Playing Fields; and
  • A $500,000 fund for upgrades at Greenway Oval.

ACT Labor has also committed to building a new 50 metre pool and enclosed oval for the people of Weston Creek and Molonglo.  We have also committed $390,000 over 4 years to promote physical activity among primary school students through the Active Kids Program.

ACT Labor will invest $5 million to build the next stage of the Lyneham precinct upgrade project to provide new community amenities as well as community recreation space.

And we will invest $7 million over four years in capital funding to build three irrigated community recreation parks – two in the new suburbs of Casey and Franklin, and one in an existing suburb.