Jane Howlett,Minister for Sport and Recreation
Work will begin next month on stage one of the Lightwood Park redevelopment in Kingston, officially starting a program of works that will benefit players, spectators and encourage more players to take up the sport.
The project will see new change rooms, club rooms and spectator areas built at the home of the Kingborough Lions, the largest club in southern Tasmania.
Importantly, the new change rooms will be female friendly, helping to boost female participation at the club and allow for both female and male matches to be played simultaneously.
Our Government committed $300,000 towards stage one of the project as part of the 2019-20 Levelling the Playing Field Grants Program.
We are building on this commitment as part of our first 100 day Plan, working with Football Tasmania and its clubs on the $10 million upgrade to football facilities across our State included in our plan to secure Tasmania’s future.
Part of this funding will go towards making the remaining stages of the Lightwood Park redevelopment a reality, delivering better facilities for players, spectators along with encouraging more aspiring soccer players to take up the sport.
We know soccer is the highest participation sport in the State, with more than 38,000 people playing, and participation is increasing so it’s integral our infrastructure keeps up with growing demand.
Our investment in upgrading facilities will create significant opportunities to develop our local talent, while creating jobs and providing economic benefits to Tasmania.
It will also help Tasmania’s push to host camps for international sides during the Women’s World Cup in 2023, further helping to showcase Tasmania and inspiring women and girls to play the world game.