Funding approved for a multi-use indoor sport, recreation and event facility

Adam Crouch, John Barilaro and Taylor Martin elbow bumping at the Stage 2 funding announcement

Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex, Tuggerah, will soon be expanded to include a multi-use indoor sport, recreation and event facility, bringing much-needed jobs and investment to the region.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said Central Coast Council would receive $11M in NSW Government COVID-19 stimulus funding to grow the 18ha Complex.

“Nine outdoor multi-use fields, parking and amenities were constructed in Stage 1.

“They have been operational for the past 18 months, and this COVID-19 stimulus funding will allow Stage 2 to begin,” Crouch said.

Stage 2 includes a six-court multi-purpose indoor facility for sports like basketball, netball and futsal, as well as change rooms, amenities, storage, a canteen and catering space.

Crouch said the detailed design work has already been completed and this project is shovel ready, with 150 jobs to be created during construction.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, John Barilaro, said the indoor complex will help increase visitations and trade, providing positive economic flow-on effects for local businesses and suppliers, with more people travelling to the Central Coast and spending money in local stores, restaurants and cafes.

“The facility is ideally located close to the northern railway line and M1 motorway, and this combination of easy train and car access will result in a highly connected regional sporting destination, a valuable asset for NSW and the region.

“The upgrade will help the Central Coast Regional and Sporting Recreation Complex be a destination of choice for major sporting events, and I congratulate Central Coast Council on securing this funding,” Barilaro said.

Member of the Legislative Council, Taylor Martin, said the provision of six indoor courts means netball and basketball players won’t have to travel long distances to Newcastle to play in already overcrowded facilities, and locals will be able to participate in more physical activity.

“When complete, this Complex will be the only facility on the Central Coast capable of hosting regional and state-level events for multiple sports,” Martin said.

Central Coast Council has welcomed the funding, with Acting Director Environment and Planning, Andrew Roach, saying the Stage 2 works will bring the Complex a step closer to realising its full potential.

“Since opening in 2019, the current multi-use outdoor sporting and recreational facility has already attracted over 81,000 visitors to the region, injecting over $10M in our local economy,” Roach added.

Mayor Lisa Matthews said “I commend Council staff on their ongoing efforts to seek funding for the second stage of works and thank the State Government for getting on board with this exciting second stage.

“I look forward to more good news on this project.”

The $11M funding towards stage two works is provided by the NSW Government’s Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.

Source:
Press releases, Sep 9
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP
Central Coast Council Media

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