Funding for Lavington Sports ground
AlburyCity will receive just over $4M from the Australian Government's National Stronger Regions Fund to undertake a major redevelopment of the Lavington Sports Ground.
A jubilant AlburyCity Deputy Mayor, David Thurley, said the funding would enable the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment to be fast-tracked, with an estimated completion date of early 2019.
Cr Thurley says when complete, Albury will proudly boast the premier regional sporting venue between Melbourne and Sydney further boosting Council's ability to attract marquee local, state and national sporting events and carnivals.
The project is estimated to directly and indirectly create 44 jobs and contribute $6.5M to the local economy during construction and $9M annually once operational, including the employment of 83 people both directly and from the flow on effects of more events.
AlburyCity has already committed $3.5M towards the $8M project which is in addition to Council's investment in the facility since purchasing it in 2009.
"We have long recognised the value of this facility to Albury and the region and today's funding announcement is further evidence that we made the right decision to purchase the ground and the additional 7.2 hectares of land to the east of the facility in 2012," Cr Thurley said.
The redevelopment, which is detailed in a draft masterplan, includes a major upgrade of the grandstand including disability access, additional undercover seating, a 150 seat function room, event, media and administration upgrades and improved access. There will also be two sets of change rooms/amenities; a refurbishment of the existing grandstand change rooms and new national sporting code standard change rooms.
There will also be new multi-purpose playing fields with additional amenities (change rooms) on the land purchased in 2012 to cater for a variety of outdoor sports and will be fully accessible by local residents.
Cr Thurley says the development of the masterplan has involved extensive input from key stakeholders who're fully supportive of the project. He says further consultation on the plan will take place over the coming months.