24 Apr 2015
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Netball in Alice Spring has scored a goal with $2 million invested by the Territory Government for upgrades to facilities.
Chief Minister Adam Giles said the funding was dedicated to the project as part of Budget 2015.
“Netball in the Northern Territory has a huge following and in Central Australia it is one of the largest participation sports in the community,” Mr Giles said.
“The Member for Greatorex and I have been lobbied passionately by Netball NT and particularly by local businessman Tony Smith, who is on the Netball NT committee, for funds towards upgrades of their facilities.
“I am personally extremely happy to be announcing this funding – it’s a great decision for local players and supporters.”
Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins said the announcement complimented other funding recently announced for Central Australian sport.
“In Budget 2015 so far we’ve heard about $4.45 million for motorsports events and infrastructure upgrades at key facilities across the Central Australian region and $2 million for a new first class athletics track,” Mr Higgins said.
“This funding for the netball upgrades is yet another fantastic injection into the very active Central Australian community. We’re proud to yet again be helping provide good sporting facilities for all Territorians and working with key stakeholders to get the job done.”
Netball Alice Springs patron and Member for Greatorex Matt Conlan welcomed the announcement.
“A huge effort has gone into securing funding to deliver these important upgrades for Alice Springs and I am thrilled that after much lobbying ASNA’s dream is coming closer to a reality.” Mr Conlan said.
Alice Springs Netball Association president Robyn Donnelly said the Association was thrilled with the facility upgrade announcement.
“Netball is the biggest participant sport in Alice Springs with over 1000 players registered. It’s fantastic that as a leading women’s sport in Alice Springs, with many high achieving and representative players in our community, we will be able to develop our facilities to match the interest in the sport,” Ms Donnelly said.
“We look forward to working with both the NT government and the Alice Springs Town Council on progressing this exciting development.”
Long-time advocate for netball in Alice Springs and local businessman Tony Smith said: "We are very grateful for the support that we have received from Adam Giles and the CLP Government for the advancement of a new stadium for Alice Springs."
For the Chief Minister - Danielle Parry, 0413 081 801
For Minister Higgins - Lorelei Fong Lim, 0400 165 743