ACT Labor to invest $5 million for community sports

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.  We lead the nation when it comes to exercise and participation in organised sport.

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

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

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.

Katy Gallagher has already outlined her $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.

But there is more to do.

If re-elected in 2012 ACT Labor will build the next stage of the Lyneham precinct upgrade project with a $5 million boost in funding to provide community amenities such as a pavilion, BBQ area, change rooms, picnic areas and canteen facilities, as well as community recreation space

Policy costings

ACT Labor will spend $5 million in capital funding to build the Lyneham Sport Precinct Community Hub.

ACT Labor’s plan to invest more in community sport

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

TOTAL

Capital

$3.5m

$1.5m

-

-

$5.0m

Total

$3.5m

$1.5m

-

-

$5.0m

 

What we have already delivered

ACT Labor has a strong record of investing in facilities which support our community’s active lifestyle – and which encourage others to become more active.

In this term of Government, ACT Labor has:

  • Funded sportsgrounds upgrades at Charnwood, Dickson, Isabella Plains, Watson, Weetangera and Bonython;

  • Funded and begun work on a new aquatic facility at Gungahlin, and upgraded Dickson, Erindale and Tuggeranong Pools;

  • Funded and begun work on an enclosed oval at Gungahlin and upgraded Phillip and Kippax Enclosed Ovals;

  • Delivered a new multi-use facility in Greenway and a new synthetic surface for hockey in Tuggeranong;

  • Contributed to the redevelopment of the Tennis ACT Centre in Lyneham.

ACT Labor has also built active living spaces, like the Lyneham and Dickson wetlands, which promote recreation and active living.

 

How will this investment improve sport and recreation facilities?

The $5 million Community Hub will be the heart of the Lyneham Sport Precinct.

The facility will provide high-quality amenities to service the sports groups using the precinct and will include a pavilion, change rooms, canteen facilities and a BBQ area.

The facility will also have indoor space capable of supporting the needs of travelling school groups, as well as space that can be utilised by the community.

The Hub will also include a community recreation space including a lit basketball court, picnic areas, fitness equipment and even a marked running trail.

This Hub will reflect the importance of the Precinct for community sport and the investment made by the Territory in its redevelopment.