Thursday, April 25, 2024

$10m home run for Hunter sports centre

Lake Macquarie City Council has welcomed a $10 million Federal Government funding commitment towards the expansion of the Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale.

Council says the Building Better Regions funding will allow it to proceed with a long-planned $25.7 million expansion of the premier sports venue that will nurture the athletes of tomorrow, drive event tourism and support our sporting community.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Kay Fraser joined the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Barnaby Joyce, at Hunter Sports Centre today for the official announcement of the grant.

“This is exciting news for our city that will bring more major events to Lake Macquarie and our region and provide state-of-the-art facilities for the benefit of our community,” Mayor Fraser said.

“Through this partnership with the Federal Government, Council will deliver a multi-purpose, world-class sporting facility supporting a diverse range of activities.”

Key features of the shovel-ready project, which has DA-approval from the Regional Planning Panel, include the following:

  • 4505m2 expansion
  • Athletics track improvements (potential World Athletics Class 1 classification)
  • New community, meeting and function rooms
  • Improved health, fitness and treatment facilities

The expansion will also improve site access and safety, provide additional car and bus parking, and a new signalised pedestrian crossing.

It is expected to boost annual visitation to the Hunter Sports Centre by 80,000, bringing an expected 260,000 visitors a year, with flow-on benefits to the local economy of more than $16 million. The project will create more than 100 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.

Mayor Fraser said the expansion would boost the Hunter Sports Centre’s standing as one of the region’s premier sporting precincts, complementing other sporting facilities across the Hunter and Central Coast.

“This will better position the city and region to bid for major state, national and international events such as the 2022 Australian Deaf Games, which Lake Macquarie will co-host with Newcastle next year,” Mayor Fraser said

“Staying active and engaged in community sport is so important to council and our community – particularly as our community recovers from the economic and wellbeing impacts of COVID-19.”

Council will release a tender for construction of the extension in the new year.

The Hunter Sports Centre expansion was one of three Lake Macquarie City Council projects funded through round five of the Building Better Regions Fund.

Council also received $85,000 towards the extension of the Creative LAKE Art Trail and $40,000 to part-fund a study that will forecast demand for jobs, housing and services in the growing Morisset area, facilitating the development of an economic action plan.

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