A stadium for netball in Alice Springs
The Northern Territory Government today announced the redevelopment of a world-class netball centre at Ross Park in Alice Springs.
The $6.25M redevelopment at the Pat Gallagher Netball Centre will include four new, fully sprung courts in an enclosed stadium.
Construction will commence within weeks and the new facility is expected before the Alice Springs Masters Games starting on October 8.
NT Chief Minister and incoming local Member for Braitling Adam Giles MLA said the state-of-the-art facility would ensure local netball participants and coaches could further develop their skills in a world-class centre.
“Netball is one of the most popular sports in Alice Springs and those participants will soon have access to a world class facility and that will ensure the sport can further develop and grow from a grass roots level,” Mr Giles said.
“This announcement goes to the heart of this government’s commitment to growing grass roots sports and providing pathways for participants to national and international competition.”
Member for Greatorex Matt Conlan said the announcement marked a historic day in Alice Springs sporting history.
"This is a great piece of sporting infrastructure and will put Alice Springs netball firmly on the national stage. I am extremely proud to have contributed to the project through my role as the local outgoing Member," Mr Conlan said.
NT Minister for Sport and Recreation Nathan Barrett MLA echoed the Chief Minister’s sentiments and commitment to developing sport from the grass roots.
“This is great news for the Alice Springs netball community,” Mr Barrett said.
“The facility will be built to national standards and be ready for competition in time for the Alice Springs Masters Games in October and that will generate invaluable exposure.”
The facility was jointly funded by NT Government ($4.25M), Alice Springs Town Council ($1.5M) and local businessman Tony Smith of NT Link Transportable Buildings contributing $500,000.
The tender for development was put out to tender on January 21 and Scope Building NT was today announced as the successful tenderer.
Alice Springs Mayor Damien Ryan thanked the NT Government for its ongoing commitment to the future of netball in Alice Springs.
““Alice Springs Town Council is proud to work in partnership with the Northern Territory Government to build a four-court indoor netball facility,” Mr Ryan said.
“Netball has the highest participation rate of all sports in Alice Springs and the indoor facility will be fantastic for the sport.”
“Alice Springs Town Council is also pleased to be able to encourage and invest in female sport at a time when female sport is rapidly growing Australia-wide.”
Alice Springs Netball Association President Robyn Donnelly welcomed the announcement and said the future was now secure for local netballers.
“Alice Springs Netball Association welcomes the announcement that the four-court indoor stadium is going ahead, we are absolutely thrilled that both the NT Government and Alice Springs Town Council have continued to negotiate in the best interests of the netball community to realise a four-court stadium,” Ms Donnelly said.
“This will make a difference to the development of our juniors and those aspiring to local and NT representation, it’s a commitment that will bring dividends for young girls and women into the future.”
Mr Smith sent a personal thank you to Mr Giles and the NT Government for their ongoing commitment to making the facility a reality.
“I congratulate the NT Government, Department of Sport and Recreation and Alice Springs Town Council for making the development of the Alice Springs Netball Stadium possible,” Mr Smith said.
“I would also like to commend Alice Springs Town Council for working with NT Government, providing technical advice and substantial funds that will enable Alice Springs to have a national sporting facility for netball in our town.
“Alice Springs can now host a number of carnivals, national events and pre-season training at an elite level. Young Territory sports women will be able to grow as ambassadors when participating interstate. The stadium will help our young women develop leadership through netball and create harmony in our community.”