The Nationals in Government are bringing Stage One of the new Port Macquarie High Performance Football Centre to life with a $5 million funding injection.
The money comes on top of the $15 million already contributed by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to see this $20 million project come to fruition.
The Mid North Coast is fast becoming a haven for regional sporting events, and the addition of a purpose-built complex for the fastest growing sport in Australia will further enhance the region’s impressive credentials.
The new complex will encompass an environmentally sensitive design providing flood lighting, irrigation, access roads and car parking, landscaping, urban infrastructure including footpaths, bollards and spectator seating, and an architecturally designed two level amenities building with undercover seating.
Designed in accordance with the latest sporting field technology, this premier public recreation facility will provide the region with capacity to attract major events at a professional level. The modern facilities will not only keep locals active and boost social connections, but also create jobs and increase Port Macquarie’s expanding regional sporting event credentials.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition Government is continuing to deliver the projects regional communities need.
“Our Government believes regional Australians should have access to the same opportunities and services that people in capital cities take for granted,” Mr Joyce said.
“That’s why we’re continuing to invest in community infrastructure projects like this one, to ensure our regional communities are the best places to live, work and visit.”
Federal Nationals Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said he was pleased to see the proposal get the attention it deserves after lobbying for the critical funding over the past two years.
“Investing in facilities like this benefits the community not just through direct access to world class facilities, but the ability for the region to host regional and state level competitions,” Mr Conaghan said.
“These events will also benefit the Mid North Coast’s small businesses that are the foundation of our local economy.”
Port Macquarie Hastings Mayor Peta Pinson said she was pleased to see the Federal Government’s commitment to the project in collaboration with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.
“Once again, Local and Federal Government has come together to deliver what is needed for our community, not just for locals but also to expand on our fantastic tourism credentials. Projects like this one ensure our region continues to grow and prosper now and into the future.”