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Julie Collins MP

Federal Member for Franklin MEDIA RELEASE

Monday 24 August, 2009


The Federal Member for Franklin, Julie Collins MP, today turned the first sod to officially commence work on the $5.5 million twin ovals development project at the Kingborough Sports Complex in Kingston.

Ms Collins said the Rudd Labor Government provided around $4 million in funding to the Kingborough Council for the project through its $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, delivering local jobs for Tasmania’s fastest growing municipality.

“The Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program is part of this Government’s $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan, creating thousands of jobs, providing direct cash injections into local communities, and building long-term infrastructure,” Ms Collins said.

“There is a chronic shortage of playing fields in Kingborough and this fantastic project will deliver to the local community two new sporting ovals — one of which is to AFL standard and the other suitable for general cricket and football use,” Ms Collins said.

“This project has been on the drawing board for many years and has strong community, AFL Tasmania and Council support and I am pleased that the Rudd Labor Government is now able to help deliver it.

“The ovals form part of the extensive Kingborough Sports Complex — the largest sports complex of its kind in Tasmania that includes the imminent construction of the State Gymnastics Centre, plus other major facilities for sports such as squash, tennis and cricket.

“The twin ovals project will include the construction of the playing surfaces, spectator and player amenities, surrounding fences, access road, car parking and landscaping.

“It will provide a potential venue for a regional based Australian Rules team as well as a new home for the Kingborough Tigers Football Club and the southern Tasmanian Premiership winning Kingborough Cricket Club, and school football competitions.

“I congratulate the AFL and Kingborough Council for driving this great initiative through their financial and in-kind support with the Council providing $1 million to the development and the AFL contributing $500,000.”

Ms Collins said the in total Kingborough Council had received around $4.5 million in funding for five different local infrastructure projects from the Rudd Government’s $1 billion Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program.

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