ACT Government delivers financial boost for Canberra sporting venues and participation

Record investment in infrastructure in the 2021-22 ACT Budget, will see Canberra with new state-of-the-art sports centres and upgrades to existing facilities across the city with funding also provided to partner with and support women’s elite sporting teams.

As Canberra grows, the ACT Government is committed to delivering more sporting facilities to help Canberrans stay active, healthy and engaged in their sports.

Gungahlin will see investment in much needed sporting facilities for the community with the Throsby Home of Football. The total investment in this project is $33.5 million, which includes a $4.5 million contribution by Capital Football.

This is an exciting project that will support a range of community and high-performance programs for Capital Football and its affiliated clubs, as well as provide valuable open space for the community to enjoy.

The design of the new Gungahlin Tennis Centre is also about to commence. A total investment of $8.4 million, including $400,000 from Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT, has been committed to the construction of the facility.

The centre will include full sized courts; hot shots courts; a hitting wall; LED lighting; parking and a pavilion.

In Canberra’s south, the upgrade of the Phillip District Enclosed Oval in Woden will include construction of a new stand-alone pavilion; refurbishment of the existing Michael O’Connor grandstand; installation of new LED sportsground lighting to support night-time match play use; and general upgrades to the oval.

As well as infrastructure investment, the ACT Government is also investing $1.59 million to support women’s elite sport by providing ongoing funding to the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United.

The ACT Government committed to growing and supporting women in sport and these teams help promote and develop basketball and football in the community and women’s sport more broadly.

Image: As the Throsby Home of Football project continues through the planning stage, the community is invited to comment on the design of the facility through the ACT Government’s YourSay website. Image courtesy act.gov.au/

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