17 Jun 2017
Minister for Tourism and Culture
The Territory Labor Government will deliver on a key election commitment with concept plans for the new Warren Park rugby league stadium plans released today for community consultation.
The design comes after the NT Government fast-tracked $25 million for the construction of the new facility at Marrara last year. The construction phase will deliver more jobs for Territorians, as well as a first-class rugby league stadium for Darwin
In keeping with the Gunner Government’s commitment to consult with the community, rugby league players, fans and volunteer, members of the public and sporting organisations are invited to have their say on the proposed design of the new stadium.
“The new rugby league stadium at Marrara will deliver a significant windfall for the sport and create hundreds of local jobs, that’s why we’re commencing the project two years early,” Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said.
“Territorians love their sport and their rugby league, now the NT will have a new first class home to play and watch rugby league. I encourage all community members to have their say on the design.”
The concept design for the stadium was developed in close consultation with a steering committee which includes representatives from NRLNT, NRL, NT Rugby Union and the South Darwin Sporting League (SDSL).
“The proposed design for the new Warren Park Stadium includes three full-sized fields with one to national standards, 1,500 capacity grandstand, change rooms, corporate facilities, food facilities, over 630 car parks and the flexibility to host other sporting events,” Ms Moss said.
NRLNT CEO Todd Greenberg thanked the Northern Territory Government for their investment in building new training and playing facilities at Warren Park for a growing number of male and female rugby league players.
“This upgrade is a significant legacy for rugby league in Darwin and surrounding regions and reaffirms the partnership and growth potential of our game that the Government and the NRL share,” Mr Greenberg said.
“I was fortunate to visit Darwin last year to meet with some of the locals and hear first-hand their passion and commitment for the game of rugby league.
“I have no doubt that Warren Park will be well utilised for many years to come and I look forward to viewing the new facilities when they are completed.”
Chair of NRLNT, Belinda Howie said the construction of the new stadium at Warren Park means the sport is another step closer to delivering a contemporary home of Rugby League at the Territories premier sporting hub - Marrara. The project is a partnership between NRLNT, NTG and SDSL.
“The release of the concept plans to the public is consistent with NTG process for other sporting infrastructure projects. The process has been well-managed through engagement of a variety of stakeholders.
“The plans detail a sustainable, state of the art facility that meets the needs of users of today and the future. The new facility will enable our current and future players to develop and showcase rugby league skills on a first class facility at Marrara, shoulder to shoulder with other major sporting facilities. Warren Park neighbours the Michael Long high performance facility and provides access to for elite athletes,” Ms Howie said.
“Rugby league is thriving in the NT, our sport is growing on the back of strong clubs and investment from government and the NRL. Record crowd numbers on the weekend is evidence that our sport is embraced and enjoyed by the community. We look forward to showcasing rugby league again on Friday 17th November at the Rugby League World Cup quarter final game.”
Members of the public can view the proposed design and provide feedback, during a 2 week consultation period, by visiting https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/warren-park
Construction on the redevelopment of Warren Park is expected to commence in the latter half of 2017. Members of the public can view the proposed designs of the stadium and provide feedback by visiting https://haveyoursay.nt.gov.au/warren-park before 1 July 2017.
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