NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced a $7.2 million grant that will see the Northern Inland Centre for Sporting Excellence (NICSE) create a first-rate regional sport and training hub.

“The first part of the development is the upgrade of the Hockey complex which includes the construction of a third synthetic field, re-surfacing two existing fields and upgrading the irrigation system, new public toilets and change rooms for players and match officials as well as disability facilities and an extension to the club house,” Mr Anderson said. “The second part will see the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre be upgraded with new roofing over existing warm-up arenas to provide better conditions for horses and riders in hot weather and additional undercover event capacity. This is going to make an awesome sporting precinct even greater.”

The grant is for a Stage Two upgrade of the NICSE and will incorporate the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre (AELEC), the Tamworth Sports Dome, Tamworth Regional Hockey Complex and potentially a regional stadium in the precinct, just 5 kilometres from the Tamworth CBD.

“Hockey in Tamworth has a tremendous reputation for turning out young men and women who go right to the top of the representative tree,” Mr Anderson said. “An example of this ability can be seen in the selection of Ehren Hazell and Isaac Farmilo who recently won bronze medals representing Australia at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia. Kate Jenner has been a Hockeyroo and recently chosen to represent NSW again, while the Tamworth Public School boys’ team won the State PSSA Knockout finals series for the second time in four years. I understand that there are only five other hockey complexes in Australia with three water-based synthetic hockey fields … with a third pitch, Tamworth will be able to host state and national championships.”

Tamworth Hockey Association has contributed $800,000 and Tamworth Council has contributed $1.636 million towards this project. Key user groups and benefits: major equestrian events and peak bodies such as Equestrian and Pony Club NSW, Tamworth Hockey Association, NSW Hockey Association – other groups to benefit from realisation of a regionally significant sports hub with quality facilities – Cricket NSW, Tamworth Cricket Association, NSW Rugby Union, AFL NSW/ACT.

Click here for more information about the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund.