As Canberra grows, the ACT Government is committed to delivering more sporting facilities to help Canberrans stay active, healthy, and engaged in the sports they love.
Quotes attributable to Andrew Barr, Chief Minister and Treasurer:
“The ACT Government will invest $1.25 million over the next two years to plan and design new sporting facilities which were part of the Government’s 2020 election commitments.
“Funding of $400,000 will be invested in the detailed planning and design works for a new permanent home for dragon boating at Grevillea Park on Lake Burley Griffin. The facility would include a new boathouse, storage facility, and a spectator area to support events.
“The facility will support growth opportunities for Dragon Boat ACT, which boasts more than 600 members across seven teams and three school teams.”
The 2020-21 Budget also includes $500,000 to progress the initial design and planning work for a new tennis centre in Amaroo – a commitment from the 2020 ACT election. The centre would include up to 12 full-sized tennis courts with amenities including:
- LED floodlighting
- Up to two hotshots’ courts
- Hitting wall
The centre would allow Tennis ACT to deliver more programs to increase participation in the sport in the ACT. The centre would also be capable of holding major tennis events in Canberra.
Funding of $350,000 is also being committed to begin designing improvements for the Phillip District Enclosed Oval, including a new pavilion, upgraded grandstand and lights and additional parking. The project would benefit the sports that regularly utilise this facility, including rugby union, rugby league and cricket. The design and planning work will take around 12 months to complete.
The construction of these facilities will also help protect local jobs, supporting the economic recovery of our city.
Quotes Attributable to Minister for Sport and Recreation Yvette Berry
“Canberra has the highest rates of participation in sport across the country.”
“Investing in sport infrastructure benefits the Canberra community in so many important ways and means that Canberran’s can have an active and healthy lifestyle and connect with their community.”
“It is great to be supporting Dragon Boat ACT as one of the largest water-based sports, Tennis ACT as they continue to grow to beyond 32,000 players, and all the sporting organisations and clubs that use Phillip Enclosed Oval.”
The ACT Government is committed to supporting a diverse range of sport and physical activity outcomes for the benefit of the Canberra community.