20 May 2017
Minister for Tourism and Culture
The Territory Labor Government will deliver on a key election commitment with concept plans for the new Marrara indoor netball facility released today for community consultation.
The Gunner Government fast-tracked $10 million for the construction of the new Marrara facility last year to deliver more jobs for Territorians, as well as a first class indoor netball stadium for Darwin.
In keeping with the Gunner Government’s commitment to consult with the community, sport bodies, members of the public, netball players, volunteers and spectators are invited to have their say on the proposed design of the new stadium.
“The new indoor netball stadium at Marrara will be a significant boost for Territory netball while creating many local jobs for locals two years earlier than proposed,” Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said.
“The new facility is an important development for the Territory netball community, and we are now inviting the public to have their say on the designs.”
The concept designs for the new indoor stadium have been developed in close consultation with Netball NT, and it will play an important role in the future development of the sport while improving the Territory’s ability to host national and international netball fixtures.
The proposed design of the new fully air conditioned indoor netball stadium includes four national standard netball courts with sprung floor surface, change rooms, spectator seating and administration offices.
The Federal Government are also investing $8 million for the key piece of infrastructure, bringing the total project budget to $18 million.
Executive Officer of Netball NT, Shelley Haynes, said the new indoor facility would provide Territorians with the opportunity to enjoy the sport comfortably year round.
“The indoor stadium will protect players and spectators from weather extremes in both the Wet and Dry Seasons and hopefully encourage more Territorians to take up netball. It will also provide more flexibility in the scheduling of games and provide greater opportunities to offer alternative programs at any time of the year,” she said.
“We’re thrilled with the concept designs of the new fully-enclosed stadium which importantly will also open up the opportunity for national level events to be held right here in Darwin.”
Construction of the new netball stadium is expected to begin in September 2017. Members of the public can view the proposed designs of the stadium and provide feedback by visiting www.haveyoursay.nt.gov.au before 3 June 2017.
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