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The Coalition's commitment to support netball in the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup



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PRESS RELEASE

THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

THE COALITION’S COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT NETBALL IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE 2015 WORLD CUP

A Coalition government will provide $6 million to complete the construction of a Netball Centre of Excellence and to support netball in the lead-up to the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney.

If elected, the Coalition will provide $3 million to assist in preparations for the 2015 Netball World Cup and $3 million to complete the New South Wales Netball Central complex at Homebush.

Netball is a quiet leader of Australian sport. It contributes to the sporting and social fabric of almost every community in the country. It is a sport that strengthens communities, teaches teamwork and contributes to the health and confidence of its participants.

With more than one million participants, including 340,000 registered players, netball is one of the largest participation sports in the country. It is the leading participation sport for females in our country.

On any Saturday morning, there are tens of thousands of young people from more than 5,000 clubs enjoying the sport.

Australia has a proud history of delivering world class sporting events at Homebush since the Olympics in 2000. We want the 2015 Netball World Cup to be a great success. More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend the event, including an anticipated 15,000 international guests.

Our commitment complements the $27 million contribution from the New South Wales Government and the $1.25 million from Netball New South Wales and will provide the foundational funding needed to build a strong event with a positive legacy.

Our hope is that the 2015 Netball World Cup will act as a driver of further growth in local participation across Australia.

Netball Central will be the home of the New South Wales Swifts in the ANZ Championship Trans-Tasman Competition and will include an 850 seat “show court”, physiotherapy and recovery centre, gymnasium as well as headquarters for New South Wales Netball.

Construction is currently underway and our commitment will meet the additional costs associated with the construction of the onsite storm water retention system, soil contamination works, construction of a shared forecourt with the neighbouring State Sports Centre and other works.

Netball Central will be a home for Netball in New South Wales and provide state-of-the-art netball facilities for Sydney’s west.

Strengthening participation in sport and building stronger communities is part of the Coalition’s Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future for all Australians.

29 August 2013