Turning the Dial up in regional Tasmania

Media Release

JM058/2018

31 March 2018

Joint release with:

Richard Colbeck

Senator for Tasmania

Jan Bonde

Mayor of Central Coast Council

  • The Dial Regional Sports Complex in Penguin officially opened today
  • $10.5 million project created over 75 jobs in the community
  • The Coalition Government invested $3.5 million in the project.

Grassroots sport in Tasmania has received a boost today with the official opening of the Dial Regional Sports Complex in Penguin, west of Devonport.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the project had expanded and improved the previous oval which did not meet national Aussie rules or cricket standards.

“The Coalition Government is committed to investing in the Tasmanian economy and it is projects like this one, creating 74 jobs during construction and up to three ongoing jobs, which really deliver for the community,” Dr McVeigh said.

“An estimated 30,000 people use this facility each year and this upgrade will improve the sustainability of local sports clubs, by providing the capacity to host events at the new function centre.”

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck, who attended today's opening event, said the extensive upgrade would help the region develop its local sports stars.

“We have delivered two irrigated grass ovals with a new scoreboard and grandstand, car parks, a pavilion with function rooms, change rooms, meeting spaces, as well as toilets and kitchen,” Senator Colbeck said.

“Today's opening presents many opportunities not just for football and cricket but for the Penguin community and beyond. Another exciting inclusion is the community hub open space, which includes a playground, nature based play, picnic and BBQ facilities.”

Mayor of Central Coast Council Jan Bonde said the upgrade was an investment in the region's future.

“The Council are excited to see the completion of this major project. The benefits to the local and wider community are many and varied with modern facilities and recreation opportunities,” Cr Bonde said.

“This project is a transformational one for the Penguin community and the wider region, it is the culmination of many years of planning and will provide the relocated clubs with modern facilities and venue.”

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government providing $3.5 million towards the project and Central Coast Council $7 million.