Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence set to be delivered by March 2019

KA-CHING: Councillor Russell Webb, New England MP Barnaby Joyce with deputy federal Nationals' leader Fiona Nash at the funding announcement last year. Photo: Geoff O'Neill

KA-CHING: Councillor Russell Webb, New England MP Barnaby Joyce with deputy federal Nationals' leader Fiona Nash at the funding announcement last year. Photo: Geoff O'Neill

SIGNED, sealed and set to be delivered within two years.

The deeds for the $17.2 million Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence have been signed in what has been described as “an important day” for Tamworth and the New England region.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce said the state of the art facility built would strengthen Tamworth’s reputation as the regional powerhouse in sporting infrastructure.

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“The new facilities will comprise of four key sporting infrastructure assets such as a synthetic athletics facility, cycling centre, outdoor equestrian arena and an extension to the indoor sporting centre,” Mr Joyce said.

“This project is made possible by Federal funding with contribution from the NSW Government and Tamworth Regional Council, which is a great example of all tiers of government working together to deliver vital infrastructure for local people.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the project is just one example of the many projects around the electorate made possible by a Coalition Government.

“We want to build our local region for the future which is why we are investing in projects like the centre of sporting excellence which will drive growth in our community and encourage more investment from the private sector.”

Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Col Murray said he was pleased council was a partner in the project.

“We are excited to not only be a funding partner of this significant project but to be the one to deliver it to the community,” he said.

“We are looking forward to the start of construction in mid-September.”

PLANS: Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence. Photo: Geoff O'Neill

PLANS: Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence. Photo: Geoff O'Neill

The Federal Government is contributing $8.5 million to the projects, while Tamworth Regional Council is contributing $4.45 million on top of funds already spent on planning and the NSW Government $4.25 million.

The Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence will include:

  • A 100m x 100m Outdoor Equestrian Arena;
  • Extension to Existing Sports Dome;
  • Cycling Centre comprising a 333m cycling velodrome with Asphaltic Concrete (AC) surface, an 800m criterium cycling track with bitumen sealed surface to replicate road;
  • An Athletic Field comprising a 400m athletics track and field, including an 8-lane synthetic athletics track, four synthetic long jump/triple jump pits, field event facilities including high jump, pole vault, shot put, discus and javelin;
  • An upgrade to Jack Smyth Drive with around 200 additional car parking spaces.
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