Scot MacDonald
18th Sep 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced that Clouston Associates are the successful tenderers to oversee Stage 2 of the Maitland Regional Sportsground Complex.

“We are committed to making the Hunter region a more attractive place to live, work and travel and so we are excited to contribute $5.5 million to Maitland’s fantastic new complex,” Mr MacDonald said.

“By funding the construction of this state-of-the-art sportsground we will boost the local community and provide Maitland with a vital piece of infrastructure to support its future growth.”

Stage 2 of this project will involve constructing a synthetic athletics track surrounding a turf field, along with track and field facilities, floodlights and modern amenities.

Clouston Associates will undertake design works and oversee the construction of the facilities.

These works are being largely funded by the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund, with $5 million also provided by Maitland City Council, which is managing the project.

Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker said this project will improve the liveability of Maitland for the wider community.

“The sportsground will provide better access to sports and leisure facilities for children, young people, athletes and the general public, encouraging Maitland locals to live healthier, more active lifestyles,” Ms Baker said.

“A communal sports and fitness facility will reduce the burden on the state’s health care services and help promote social cohesion across the region.”

“The event capabilities of the sportsground will give Maitland a unique opportunity to attract larger crowds to the area and increase the number of visitors and amount of tourist spending in the Hunter,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This is expected to have a very significant impact on local jobs and growth. Estimates suggest that the project will create an additional output of $18.4 million for the local economy, and generate 48 new jobs during the construction phase.”

The Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund has committed $50 million to enhancing infrastructure and supporting growth across the Hunter region.

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