Work is now underway on the project that will turn the Lavington Sports Ground into one of Australia's leading regional sports arenas.
The start of the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment is the first step in the $8.3m plan to build a new multi-purpose playing field, cricket nets, a major grandstand extension to the existing oval and other new amenities.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash is hoping the project will encourage greater sports participation and healthy lifestyles in the region.
“Albury is a major regional centre with a rich sporting history, and the Coalition Government is investing in the next generation of sports men and women.”
“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to grow up in or come back to, and great sporting facilities are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.
Local MP Sussan Ley said the funding support recognises and helps maintain Albury-Wodonga's reputation as regional Australia's sporting capital.
“Lavington oval has played a key part in this, but the complex also needs this further investment and development to grow the story”.
“As the major sports facility between Canberra and Melbourne, this redevelopment will help us host more carnivals and events, attracting more players and greater sports tourism opportunities to our region,” Ms Ley said.
Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack said the start of work was a pivotal moment.
“When this first stage is completed we'll be in premier position to host important regional and state sporting events, including high-level junior carnivals,” he said.
“By encouraging more families to visit, our shops, restaurants and accommodation services will benefit, which is great news for the entire community.”
The redevelopment is expected to be finished in March 2019.
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