ACT Labor to invest $26 million in our local sports grounds and facilities

My team and I love this city, and one of the reasons it is such a great place to live is because we are able to play, watch and enjoy our sport where we live.

Our neighbourhood sporting grounds and facilities are the centre of our local community. They are where people come together with families and friends after work, with the kids on the weekend, either for fun or for some more serious competition.

We all share a sense of pride in our city and ACT Labor is working hard to make sure the places we live, work and play are even better.

Sport encourages our kids to learn about community spirit and the importance of teamwork.  It is inclusive in its nature and contributes to improved health and wellbeing. The ACT is one of the healthiest and most active communities in Australia, with nearly 90 per cent of Canberrans participating in some form of exercise, recreation or sport.

That’s why ACT Labor has made record investments in improving local sports grounds and facilities to ensure Canberrans have access to the best sporting facilities.

But there is more to do.

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will extend our local sports facility upgrade program through the allocation of $26 million over the next four years.

Our investment this year

In the 2012-13 Budget, ACT Labor allocated $13.5 million towards local sports facilities improvements, including upgrading existing fields and bringing new sports grounds into use.

This included funding of $4 million over three years to restore sports grounds at Bonython, Watson and Weetangera.

The 2012-13 Budget provided $1 million to improve water management and new irrigation systems and install drought-tolerant grass.  $2 million was also allocated to upgrade sports facilities such as pavilions, canteens, toilet blocks and lighting systems.

If re-elected ACT Labor will continue and enhance this facility improvement program.

Policy costings

ACT Labor’s plan to upgrade our local sports grounds and facilities


2013 – 2014

2014 -2015

2015 – 2016

2016 – 2017















Which sports grounds and facilities will be upgraded?

Between 2013 and 2017 a number of local sports grounds and facilities and will receive new funding for upgrade works.

In the next term of Government, ACT Labor will fund the following projects.  Further funding announcements under this program will be made prior to the ACT Legislative Assembly election.


Southside synthetic football fields at Melrose High School – $5.1 million

ACT Labor will establish a Southside synthetic football centre of excellence at Melrose High School.  Centrally located in South Woden this new facility will create a High School Centre of Excellence in Sports, linking the Erindale College elite sports program and the adjoining Marist College program.  Capital Football will be a regular user of the facility.

The upgrade will include:

  • Two FIFA-standard synthetic soccer pitches, with lighting;
  • Permanent tiered seating suitable for premier league matches; and
  • Associated change and storage rooms.


Kambah District Playing Fields and Hawker District Playing Fields irrigation and surface improvements – $3.4 million

These projects include replacement of the old and inefficient irrigation systems.  The new irrigation systems will ensure that water is applied in a highly efficient manner and allow for a more uniform and healthy turf cover.

This follows similar projects undertaken at Dickson and Reid Playing Fields.

ACT Labor will undertake the improvements to both Kambah and Hawker District Playing Fields at a cost of $1.7 million each.


Restoration of Spence and Torrens neighbourhood ovals – $2.6 million

This funding will see the continuation of the restoration of neighbourhood ovals.

So far ACT Labor has restored Isabella Plains, Charnwood and Ngunnawal ovals, and in the 2012-13 Budget funded the restoration of Bonython, Watson and Weetangera ovals.

ACT Labor will restore both Spence and Torrens neighbourhood ovals at a cost of $1.3 million each.


Greenway Enclosed Oval Infrastructure Improvement Fund – $500,000

ACT Labor will allocate $500,000 towards an infrastructure fund to improve player and spectator facilities at Greenway Enclosed Oval.  The improvements will assist the three major users of the oval which include the Tuggeranong Hawks AFL, Tuggeranong Bushrangers Rugby League and Tuggeranong Tornadoes Gridiron.


Southside synthetic athletics track – site selection and construction funding – $4.5 million

ACT Labor will undertake a study and seek community feedback on the ideal location for this purpose-built facility, which will be the only elite athletics track outside the Australian Institute of Sport, which provides only limited access to community groups like Athletics ACT.

Once an appropriate Southside location is determined, ACT Labor will commence construction of this facility in the next term of Government.


New Northside indoor sports centre – site selection for a new centre – $50,000

ACT Labor will fund a study into the ideal Northside location for a new indoor sports centre.  The Government will make land available at a concessional rate and the new centre will be delivered in partnership with the private sector.  The new centre will meet the future needs of sports such as indoor cricket and futsal.