Long-anticipated works to upgrade two prominent Glenorchy soccer precincts have commenced and will be completed by the end of the financial year.
The North Chigwell Soccer Hub and KGV Football Park have received a total of $12.8 million in Federal Government funds for the much-needed upgrades, which include replacing the synthetic pitch, new lighting and refurbished changeroom facilities at both locations.
Glenorchy Mayor, Bec Thomas, said it was both exciting and a relief to see the works underway and to know the local community would soon be reaping the benefits of the new facilities in coming months.
“This project has taken many discussions with stakeholders over the past few years, but it was important we got it right. It has been a true show of government, sport sector and industry collaboration and we are thrilled to have reached this stage,” Mayor Thomas said.
“The upgrades at both sites will drastically improve the overall sporting and spectator experience and will elevate the status of both venues as a premium place to play sport in the state.”
Mayor Thomas acknowledged the support of the Australian Government in enabling both projects as well as the Tasmanian Government for pitching in an extra $500,000 for the works at KGV.
Federal Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, said it was great to finally see work begin on the two projects.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m delighted to see the first sod be turned at the North Chigwell Soccer Hub and KGV Football Park,” Mr Wilkie said.
“The northern suburbs have a strong football culture, and the new and improved facilities will further strengthen the sport in the area for both young and old, male and female.
“Sport plays a vital role in promoting healthy communities and giving kids a safe environment with access to good role models.”
Football Tasmania Chief Executive Officer, Matt Bulkeley, said the upgrades were vital to ensure the two venues are up to a standard that allows them to remain as the sports’ headquarters for many years to come.
“As the home of football in Tasmania for more than 70 years, KGV is a highly important venue for the World Game,” Mr Bulkeley said.
“The North Chigwell upgrade also stands to be a gamechanger for football in the northern suburbs, helping increase participation opportunities in a massive growth region for our game.
“We’d again like to thank Andrew Wilkie for his work in securing the funding for these projects, the Federal Government for its investment, and the State Government and Glenorchy City Council for supporting it.”