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Barnett maps out Elphin sports precinct strategy.

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Barnett Maps Out Elphin Sports Precinct Strategy Wednesday, 5 November 2003

Promoting the Elphin Sports Precinct as a Bicentennial birthday present for Launceston and Northern Tasmania will form part of the strategy for both federal and private sector funding, Senator Guy Barnett said today.

“The presentation of this project as a Bicentennial gift to the people of Northern Tasmania is a brilliant idea, and one I am sure all Tasmanians would support wholeheartedly,” Senator Barnett said.

He will be meeting with Launceston Mayor Janie Dickenson and other project steering committee members to provide advice on a strategy for winning support and commitments in Canberra.

“Certainly the key to the success of this project is broad community support and I congratulate those people in Northern Tasmania who have made their support known to me and in the media,” Senator Barnett said.

The Barnett strategy for promoting the project in both Canberra and with private sector users includes:

· Marketing the project as an icon for practicing healthy lifestyle among both adults and children, and for recreational as well as competitive activity. The project would be seen as “preventative medicine” while providing the North with proper venues for wet and dry sports. · Promoting the project as Launceston’s Bicentennial birthday present, with the potential to serve the greater North for up to 50 years. · Marketing the project as a multi-purpose crime stopper, assisting with crime prevention. Experience elsewhere suggests that the more money invested in social infrastructure the greater the decline in juvenile and other crime. · Promoting the project as one with overwhelming community support, as well as financial contributions from major sports disciplines in the region.

Senator Barnett said key decision-makers in the Australian Government at both a parliamentary and bureaucratic level would be lobbied. He said it was also important to foster private sector involvement where possible and appropriate.

“This project will not be financed by just one big bucket of money. It is likely that funding comes from many different sources, both outside and within the Australian Government,” Senator Barnett said.