Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and Member for Albury Greg Aplin visited Lavington Sports Ground today to announce a massive $3.1 million funding boost to complete the $13 million transformation of the facility.
“Sport beats strong through the heart of Albury and today we’re assuring the third and final phase of this massive redevelopment is completed with a $3.1 million funding boost,” Mr Ayres said.
“The revamped Lavington Sports Ground precinct will cater to netball, football, cricket, soccer and AFL at all levels, and soon be able to host elite Country Rugby League.
“Greg Aplin’s strong advocacy for the completion of this project will mean more sporting grounds can continue to enjoy high quality, affordable sporting facilities.”
Member for Albury Greg Aplin said the $3.1 million funding will mean new grandstand seating, upgrades to netball facilities, new ticket entry turnstiles, improved disabled access, unisex change rooms and seating for visitors.
“This upgrade will put Albury firmly on the map as a premier sports hub and mean more people of all ages can get out and get active and enjoy a multitude of sports.
“The NSW Government is investing in the right kind of regional sporting facilities to ensure communities go from strength to strength.”
Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack welcomed news of the funding, which he said will complement project stage one and two funding from the Australian Football League (AFL), the Commonwealth Government, Albury Council and Lavington Panthers.
“The redevelopment of Lavington Sports has been in the pipeline for some time and this funding will allow us to get on with delivering a first-class venue,” Cr Mack said.
“It is a great project that will benefit everyone from the Panthers Netball and Cricket clubs, to players and fans of the Big Bash League, AFL and the AFL Women’s league.”
The Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to improve economic growth and productivity and invest in sporting, cultural and community infrastructure across regional NSW.
For more information, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regionalgrowth.