SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

SENATOR DON FARRELL

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT

ROSS HART MP

MEMBER FOR BASS

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

25 March 2019

FOOTBALL TO FLOURISH IN NORTHERN TASMANIA UNDER A SHORTEN LABOR GOVERNMENT

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1 million to upgrade Northern Tasmanian football (soccer) grounds so that junior players can develop their skills on first grade ovals and senior teams have improved home grounds in Launceston.

The world game is one of the most popular sports in the region and Labor will ensure that budding footballers and experienced players alike have the best facilities possible to help them achieve their sporting goals.

If elected, a Shorten Labor Government will invest:

  • $675,000 towards completing the upgrade of the Churchill Park Sports Complex – the home of junior football in Northern Tasmania
  • $250,000 to upgrade facilities at Windsor Park – the home ground of Riverside Olympic FC
  • $50,000 to provide covered spectator seating at Birch Avenue – the home ground of Launceston United
  • $25,000 for upgrades at the NTCA no.2 Ground – the home ground of Northern Rangers FC

Labor Member for Bass, Ross Hart MP has been working closely with the Launceston City Council, West Tamar Council and Football Federation Tasmania to deliver on a package of upgrades that will meet the needs of the local community.

We understand that investments like this make a huge difference in a region like Northern Tasmania.

More than 1800 junior and youth players already train and play at Churchill Park every week and this number is continuing to grow.

Labor wants to see this facility keep up with growth in the region as more young people join the sport.

“We are proud to invest in projects like this one in Northern Tasmania, which help communities deliver better sporting facilities and if Labor is elected in May will also support local construction jobs once these upgrades get underway.”

“Small investments like upgraded seating, covering spectator stands and boosting car parking facilities across these ovals will, put simply, make it easier for more people to participate in sport, get active and have a good time and for clubs to support the welcome growth in female participation in club sports,” Senator Farrell said.

Member for Bass Ross Hart congratulated those who had worked together to deliver this announcement

“Federal Labor’s investment will improve facilities across four Northern Tasmanian football grounds in partnership with local councils and groups like Football Federation Tasmania.”

“It’s been great to work constructively with all of these groups to deliver on a common goal, and one that will significantly benefit our community. Labor is working hard from Opposition to stand up for the people of Launceston and Northern Tasmania and hopes to soon be able to deliver for them in Government.”

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.