Hon Andrew Barr MLA
Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer
Minister for Economic Development
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation
ACT Labor is continuing to deliver on our commitments to ensure Canberrans have access to high quality local sporting facilities in areas where they are most needed.
The 2012-13 ACT Budget will deliver $13.5 million for our local sports facilities, upgrading existing fields and bringing new sports grounds into action.
The budget includes $4 million over three years to restore sportsgrounds at Bonython, Watson and Weetangera.
These grounds, which stop being irrigated during the drought, will meet the growing the demand of local rugby, AFL, cricket and other sports.
The restoration will involve the installation of irrigation systems, synthetic cricket wickets and practice nets, floodlights and a small pavilion and toilet block at each oval.
$6.5 million has been committed over the next two years for a grandstand to be built at the new enclosed oval at Gungahlin. The grandstand will provide over 1400 seats, change rooms for teams and officials, a kiosk and club room.
The ACT Government is also delivering funding to improve the quality of our existing facilities.
There is $1 million to improve water management of our fields, replacing inefficient irrigation systems and expanding the use of drought tolerant grass.
And there is $2 million to improve the amenities at our local sporting facilities, including improvements to pavilions, canteens, toilet blocks, lighting systems and turf.
This significant commitment comes as the ACT Liberals have promised to cut the funding that is used to maintain the upkeep of our local sports facilities to cut fees minimally, for example in soccer there would be a cut of about 5 cents per hour per player in fees.
This Government is commitment to delivering $13.5 million to local sport, to ensure we have high quality facilities for our active population.
The contribution sport makes to the social and economic life of Canberra should not be underestimated. The ACT Labor Government will continue to promote active and healthy lifestyles and encourage community participation in sporting activities and enhance our sportsgrounds and facilities.