Nothing but net—another goal for the Northern Territory
02 February 2018
Joint release with:
NT Minister for Tourism and Culture
Senator for Northern Territory
- Works have begun on Darwin's new $18 million Indoor Netball Stadium
- Complex will feature multi-purpose courts, a cafeteria and function rooms
- The Coalition Government is investing $8 million in the project
Construction work is underway on the new Darwin Indoor Netball Stadium as part of the Marrara Sporting Complex in Darwin.
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the new stadium will facilitate increased regional participation in netball and basketball competitions.
“With seating for 2,000, the new stadium will be more than equipped to host both national and international competitions,” Dr McVeigh said.
“The facility will provide a place for Territorians to play netball all year, which could lead to the discovery of the next Commonwealth Games athlete like Liz Ellis.”
Senator for Northern Territory Nigel Scullion said he was pleased that the Australian and Northern Territory governments were working together to see funding delivered for the stadium.
“This is a great investment in grassroots sport for the region and will encourage participation in netball, basketball and a range of other sports,” Senator Scullion said.
“The new stadium will feature four multi-purpose courts, change rooms, a first aid room and a cafeteria.”
“This netball facility would not be going ahead without the Coalition Government's $8 million investment, of this there can be no doubt.
“What this investment demonstrates is the Federal Coalition's strong commitment to delivering for all Territorians through initiatives like this as well as the $4.2 billion we are investing in Northern Territory services and infrastructure this year.”
Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said the project being delivered by local company Sunbuild Pty Ltd will employ more than 103 people during construction.
“This is an exciting, job-creating project—it will be a fantastic facility and deliver a big boost to the region's economy,” Ms Moss said.
“Netball is one of our most popular sports with over 4000 registered local members. This new facility will create better opportunities for local players and will allow Territorians to enjoy the sport in air-conditioned comfort all year round.”
This project is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Northern Territory governments, each investing $8 million and $10 million respectively.