News Date: 06 Feb 2018
Construction work is underway on the brand new $18 million Darwin Indoor Netball Stadium.
Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the Territory Labor Government and Australian Governments have contributed $10 million and $8 million respectively, for a new netball stadium at the Marrara Sports Complex.
“This is an exciting, job-creating project – it will be a fantastic facility and provide an economic boost,” Ms Moss said.
“Netball is one of our most popular sports with over 4000 registered local members. This new facility will create better opportunities for local players, will allow Territorians to enjoy the sport in air-conditioned comfort all year round, and can host national and international netball games.
“We also know that this sport has a high participation of women and girls and the inclusion of child care facilities is a great asset for supporting families to participate in the sport they love.”
The state of the art stadium includes four national standard netball courts with sprung floor surfaces, air conditioning, seating, change rooms, food and corporate facilities and basement car parking. The Show Court includes seating capacity for 2000 people, with lighting to broadcast standards.
The construction contract was awarded to local company Sunbuild Pty Ltd in September 2017. More than 103 people will be employed during construction.
Planning works are complete and site works are underway, with completion anticipated for November 2018.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said he was pleased to be working together with the Northern Territory Government to deliver such an important project.
“The new stadium will facilitate increased regional participation in netball and basketball competitions, and provide a place for Territorians to play netball in all conditions,” Dr McVeigh said.
“With the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, this new stadium could see the next athlete like Liz Ellis unearthed in time for the 2022 Games.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, welcomed commencement of construction at the Marrara Sports Complex.
“The Federal Coalition Government is delivering on our election commitment to give Territorians a great new community asset that would allow the popular sport of netball to be played all year round and attract national and international events,” Senator Scullion said.
“This netball facility would not be going ahead without the Coalition Government’s $8 million investment, of this there can be no doubt.
“What this investment demonstrates is the Federal Coalition’s strong commitment to delivering for all Territorians through initiatives like this as well as the $4.2 billion we are investing in Northern Territory services and infrastructure this year.”
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