Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Albury welcomes works on premium sporting complex

Media Release

FN115/2017

20 July 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Mack

Mayor of Albury City

Sussan Ley

Federal Member for Farrer

  • Works begin on $8.3 million Lavington sports ground redevelopment
  • Project will deliver additional sports field and cricket nets, female amenities, and a major refurbishment to the existing grandstand
  • The Coalition Government invested over $4 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund

With the turn of a sod today, work is now underway on a project to create one of regional Australia's leading sports arenas.

The symbolic start to the Lavington Sports Ground redevelopment is the first step in a $8.3m plan to build new multi-purpose playing field, cricket nets, a major grandstand extension to the existing oval and other new amenities.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the redevelopment project will encourage greater sports participation and healthy lifestyles in the region.

“Albury is a major regional centre with a rich sporting history, and the Coalition Government is investing in the next generation of sports men and women.”

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to grow up in or come back to, and great sporting facilities are a big part of that,” Minister Nash said.

Local MP Sussan Ley said the funding support recognises and helps maintain Albury-Wodonga's reputation as regional Australia's sporting capital.

“Lavington oval has played a key part in this, but the complex also needs this further investment and development to grow the story”.

“As the major sports facility between Canberra and Melbourne, this redevelopment will help us host more carnivals and events, attracting more players and greater sports tourism opportunities to our region,” Ms Ley said.

Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack said the start of work was a pivotal moment.

“When this first stage is completed we'll be in premier position to host important regional and state sporting events, including high-level junior carnivals,” he said.

“By encouraging more families to visit, our shops, restaurants and accommodation services will benefit, which is great news for the entire community.”

This project is jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($4,025,560), the Albury City Council ($4,005,560), AFL NSW/ACT ($250,000), and the Lavington Panthers Football Netball Club ($20,000).

Works are expected to be complete by March 2019.