$35M fast-tracked for Rugby League and Netball facilities

Top End sport fans will soon have two new facilities at the Marrara Sporting Complex, with construction of a new rugby league stadium and netball facility fast-tracked to create jobs and provide an economic stimulus.

Fulfilling a key election promise, Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the Labor Government would fast track a $25 million rugby league stadium at Warren Park, with construction work commencing in the 2017/18 financial year.

“The Labor Government has listened to Territorians, local businesses and the sport community and we understand how important this new rugby league stadium is to the region,” Ms Moss said.

“The rugby league stadium at Warren Park was a major election commitment by Chief Minister Michael Gunner; it will create jobs and opportunities for local business while also showing that this government can be trusted to fulfil our election promises.

“We saw under the CLP government that there was no consultation with Territorians and no desire to work with rugby league to achieve a desirable outcome.

“Rather than consult with the community, the CLP proposed to take land off a local school and expand the outdated and unusable Richardson Park site.

“Warren Park will be a great home for rugby league; it is easily accessible for families, has the necessary room for construction and will help grow the sport in the Northern Territory.”

The Northern Territory Government will also fast-track a new netball facility at Marrara by investing $10 million toward the project, with construction work commencing in 2017.

“The Labor Government will continue promoting women’s sport across the Territory and this netball facility is a crucial piece of infrastructure to enable us to do just that,” Ms Moss said.

“Netball is one of the most popular sports in the Northern Territory with over 4,000 registered members, a new facility will create better opportunities for our local players to succeed.

“The netball facility is another key election commitment that we have prioritised to stimulate the economy and create jobs - I look forward to work getting underway as soon as possible.”

With both projects fast-tracked to begin within the next 18 months, work can now begin on the design phase for each facility with updates to come in the near future.