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Sporting Groups Show Support for Anzac Hill Precinct as the Site for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery

Local sporting groups in Alice Springs have come forward to show their support for the Anzac Hill Precinct, as the new home of the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.

Critical to the success of the Anzac Hill Precinct moving forward as the site for the Art Gallery is finding a new home for rugby league and rugby union. Both rugby codes currently use Anzac Oval.

The Territory Labor Government will invest in building a new facility for the rugby codes, offering two playing fields to allow the sport to grow in Alice Springs. An alternate site is still to be determined.

The local project team has engaged with sporting groups, fitness user groups and sports organisations that currently use the oval in some capacity. This includes rugby league, rugby union, Alice Springs Masters Games and community groups that use the oval to do lunchtime personal training.

Central to the feedback from the sporting community is support for the Anzac Hill Precinct site because of the increased opportunity that local kids will have to participate in sports, particularly rugby league and rugby union.

Quotes from Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield

“The National Aboriginal Art Gallery will be a town-changing project that will benefit everyone in Alice Springs. Not only will it boost the town through local jobs, retail and tourism visitation, but it will also sit right in our backyard and for locals to enjoy every day of the week. 

“We have addressed concerns with Anzac Oval and green space. Should this site go ahead, we will be investing in two new ovals for the rugby codes. Green space will remain for concerts, events and community celebrations. This project will make the green space more accessible, as the oval is locked up for the majority of the time.”

Quotes from Aaron Blacker, Central Australian Rugby Football League

“The club supports the Anzac Hill Precinct site as the home for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery. We also support the relocation of the two rugby codes because this is a fantastic opportunity to grow the sport and deliver more for Alice Springs locals.

“We currently have to turn people away because we simply can’t fit people on the field. One of the other issues that we have is that we are training through to 10 o’clock at night and it is freezing cold in winter. Mums and dads don’t want their kids to do that. With two new ovals, we don’t need to take turns to train.”

Quotes from Matt Roberts, Manager of Alice Springs Tennis 

“The Anzac Hill Precinct site makes sense for the new gallery because holistically it is a good fit. We need to think about our population and different ways that we can boost this town and get everyone’s confidence going again.

“We are going to have two brand new ovals so that kids can play sports there and also exercise. Plus, we are going to have the same green space for concerts and major events that we have always had, where Anzac Oval currently is. Everyone would benefit from the National Aboriginal Art Gallery.

“If you’re thinking of a town in Australia where something like this is going to go, I reckon Alice Springs is the perfect fit.”

Watch their testimonials

Aaron Blacker, Central Australian Rugby Football League
Matt Roberts, Manager of Alice Springs Tennis

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