Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss and Member for Arafura, Lawrence Costa today officially opened the new change rooms and amenities for the Wurrumiyanga community football ground and home of the Tiwi Bombers.
The design tender was awarded to Rossi Architects and construction to a local company Tiwi Contractors creating 19 local jobs during the $1.4 million construction project.
Previously there were no dedicated NTAFL change rooms at the football oval, with players instead needing to use the facilities at the swimming pool.
The new building has two unisex change rooms for players and one change room for umpires, complete with showers and toilets.
It caters for men, women, girls and boys and dramatically improves the standards of the grounds and encourages further participation in sporting activities leading to improved health outcomes.
Consultation has taken place with Council, appropriate government representatives and contractors throughout the process leading to a facility that satisfies the needs of the local Tiwi Community now and into the future.
The facility has been further enhanced by local Tiwi artists with beautiful traditional artwork that adorns the perimeter of the building.
As stated by Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss
We know Territorians deserve access to the best sporting facilities and that is why the Territory Labor Government is investing $1.4 million to upgrade these sporting facilities in remote NT.
The upgraded change rooms and facilities will support the local TIFL competition, the increasing demand with growth in popularity in womens NTAFL and the also the NTFL visits to the island.
As stated by Member for Arafura, Lawrence Costa
Sport is a way of life on the Tiwi Islands, with the local Tiwi Islands Football League (TIFL) grand final attracting up to 3,000 spectators.
Construction of the change rooms created local jobs and provides an important footy facility.