16 Sep 2017
Kate Worden, Member for Sanderson
The Territory Labor Government is providing first class sporting facilities for Territorians with the release of a tender to design and construct the new home of local rugby league at Warren Park, Marrara, Assistant Minister for Sport and Community Events, Tony Sievers said.
“The tender comes after the NT Government fast-tracked $25 million for the construction of the new facility. The project will create over 100 jobs for Territorians during the construction phase,” he said.
Member for Sanderson, Kate Worden said the concept design had been developed in consultation with a steering committee which included representatives from NRLNT, NRL, NT Rugby Union, South Darwin Sporting League and associated clubs.
“The new $25m home for local rugby league at Marrara will create local jobs and provide a great facility for one of the most popular sports in the Northern Territory,” Ms Worden said.
“We are delighted to be delivering on our promise to build a new home for local Rugby League. It will allow NRLNT to increase participation by providing a high quality facility.”
The final concept design includes three full-sized fields with one to national standard, a grandstand with a 1200 seating capacity, four change rooms, corporate facilities, food and beverage facilities, car parking and the flexibility to host other sporting events requiring a rectangular field, such as rugby union and soccer.
A common theme raised during the consultation period was in relation to traffic and parking. This is an issue which is being managed through key stakeholders including Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics as well as the City of Darwin.
Parramatta Eels CEO, Bernie Gurr, said the new facility was fantastic news for rugby league and congratulated the NT Government.
“This facility is great news for local rugby league in the Territory. Importantly rugby league in the Territory will now have a central playing and training base that will help grow the sport across this important region,” he said.
NRL NT General Manager, Nigel Roy thanked the NT Government for the significant investment in improving the Warren Park ground and facility.
“Not only will the local rugby league community benefit from enhanced facilities, I have no doubt that we will see an increase in interest from NRL clubs, along with our national teams and international teams, to visit Darwin and the surrounding regions to train and play in front of crowds of league fans at Warren Park,” Mr Roy said.
South Darwin Sporting League Chairman, Martin Kelly, said the development will better use the available land at Warren Park.
“The release of the tender marks an important milestone in progressing the development and there is a building sense of excitement at Warren Park. It is pleasing that so many sporting bodies are working together to make the most of such an important piece of infrastructure,” Mr Kelly said.
Construction on the redevelopment of Warren Park is expected to commence in early 2018.
Attached - Warren Park artist impressions.
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