Canberra Liberals promise multi-sport facility for Gungahlin


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The Canberra Liberals want the ACT to become the amateur sports capital of Australia, pledging $12.7 million to build an indoor multi-sports facility in Gungahlin if elected in October. An elected Liberal government will work with the local community and sporting groups to select a site and design for the project, which it would aim to complete by the 2022-23 summer. The facility would potentially house between four to six indoor basketball courts and a large multipurpose space, fit to host different sporting competitions. The Liberals are considering a lot in Casey for the proposed facility, as it’s already zoned for sport and recreation. Sites in Gungahlin’s developing suburbs will also be looked at. Opposition sport spokesman James Milligan said the Liberals are committed to improving the community infrastructure in Gungahlin, which now has a population close to 85,000 people. MORE CANBERRA SPORT “Gungahlin has had a lack of investment in sporting infrastructure over the past decade,” Milligan said. “A lot of sporting codes can’t grow – they’re waiting to register and participate in their sport but they simply don’t have the infrastructure to cater for it. “This announcement is a commitment to build a multi-purpose, indoor sporting facility with the potential to have four to six courts but also to cater for so many sporting codes from badminton, netball and table tennis. “It’s quite exciting, we’ve worked with over 500 different groups to work out what exactly they need to see in a sporting facility.” The pledge comes after a $12.3 million commitment to build a two-storey indoor sporting facility on the site of the Tuggeranong Netball Association courts in Calwell. The Liberals have also announced they would deliver $200 Active and Creative Kids vouchers to reduce the cost of sports participation for struggling families. The Gungahlin proposal already has the support of Basketball ACT and Badminton ACT, who have been struggling to cater to growing demand in the region. Basketball ACT has welcomed the opportunity to manage the facility alongside badminton and table tennis, with chief executive Allan Yates saying it compliments their long-term strategy. “The Basketball ACT board has developed a four-pillar policy that would see a facility in all corners of the ACT by 2040,” Yates said. “We’ve had this policy in place for two years and shown it to both parties. We welcome any opportunity to support a proposal like this. “Basketball and other indoor sports are operating at capacity. We realise the need to have our own home and welcome the opportunity to have the rights to manage this alongside badminton and table tennis.” Badminton ACT has been lobbying both parties for its own dedicated facility for the past year, but welcomed a multi-sport complex in the Gungahlin region. Badminton clubs are filled to capacity in Canberra and some have had to deny memberships due to supply and demand issues. A re-elected ACT Labor government, meanwhile, would invest $8 million into a new tennis centre in Gungahlin.

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