Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today announced a $5.2 million NSW Liberal National Government grant for the expansion and upgrade of Maitland Regional Sportsground, from the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Mr MacDonald said the grant, in conjunction with $3.3 million from Maitland City Council would fund the Stage Three upgrade of the existing Sportsground, following the $10.5 million investment in Stage Two in 2017 by Council and the State Government.
“The funding will extend and upgrade No.1 Sports Ground so the field can cater to multiple football codes, including AFL, soccer, rugby league and union and touch,“ Mr MacDonald said.
“This includes installation of new fencing on the field, new sports lighting for evening practice and play allowing more hours on the field, an amphitheatre spectator seating, toilets and changerooms for players and officials, a secure children\'s playground area, an outdoor fitness station and a shot put area and exercise path/circuit for jogging and cycling.”
“Country Rugby League NSW, Athletics NSW, AFL NSW/ACT, Newcastle Jets, Newcastle Knights, Maitland Pickers, Maitland Football, Maitland Senior and Little Athletics and PCYC are all users who will benefit from the Stage Three upgrade.”
‘This is wonderful news for our community and I’m really excited to see the project come to fruition. We’ve already seen the potential for our city to host major sporting events like the Newcastle Knights and the Newcastle Jets at No. 1 Sportsground, so this grant announcement adds to this potential,” Maitland City Council Mayor Loretta Baker said.
‘We’ve recently had some significant investment into our sporting and recreation facilities and there is more to come, including the construction of the Maitland Regional Athletics Centre, a new skatepark in East Maitland, as well as upgrades to the netball courts in Maitland Park.
‘This investment by the NSW Government will bring regional social and economic benefits to Maitland through event visitation, accommodation, retail and services, and provide opportunity for the region to come together here in Maitland to celebrate major sporting and recreation events.’
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the project was one of 16 to receive grants from the $100 million NSW Liberal National Government Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.
“I congratulate Maitland City Council and look forward to seeing this facility come to life with countless benefits for local players, athletes, teams, their fans and the wider sporting community,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The NSW Liberal National Government has been working hard to make regional NSW a great place to live, work and play, to lift sports participation and help to foster a sense of pride and identity in regional communities.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said building and improving sporting facilities in regional NSW will develop pathways for strong athletes and create spaces for the community to come together and enjoy active and healthy lifestyles.
“By upgrading and expanding regional NSW stadiums, fields, training facilities and sporting hubs, we provide rising stars with the means to further develop their skills and encourage others to participate on the field or on the sidelines,” Mr Ayres said.
For more information about the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regionalsportsinfrastructure