Tamworth to sport new event—pulling potential

Media Release

FN152/2017

15 September 2017

Joint release with:

Barnaby Joyce

Federal Member for New England
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Leader of The Nationals

Kevin Anderson

Member for Tamworth
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads, Maritime and Transport

Col Murray

Mayor
Tamworth Regional Council

  • Construction has begun on the Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence, a 2016 federal election commitment
  • The centre will feature a range of new sports facilities
  • The Coalition Government has committed $8.5 million to the project

Construction has begun on the $17.2 million Northern Inland Centre of Sporting Excellence in Tamworth.

Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the new sports centre, which includes a 333-metre velodrome and criterium cycling circuit, promises to increase economic activity in the region.

“This project will create over 60 jobs, including up to 12 ongoing jobs. I am looking forward to seeing the completion of the project in March 2019,” Mr Joyce said.

“This project is yet another example of the Federal Coalition Government working with state and local counterparts in delivering for the people of New England.”

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the centre will help attract major sporting events to the Tamworth region.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and delivering first class sporting facilities like this does just that,” Minister Nash said.

New South Wales Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the new centre will accommodate a wide range of potential users of different abilities.

“Sports participation strengthens communities, and this project will reach schools, clubs and the broader community,” Mr Anderson said.

Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council Col Murray said the much-anticipated project has been four years in the making.

“This project further cements our vision for Tamworth to be seen as a first choice sporting, leisure and entertainment destination that is diverse, vibrant and commercially viable. The addition of an athletics centre, outdoor velodrome and criterium track, together with extensions to the highly successful Australian Equine Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC) and our Sports Dome, ensures our facilities will rival those anywhere in regional Australia,” Cr Murray said.

The Federal Coalition Government is providing $8.5 million, along with $4.45 million from Tamworth Regional Council and $4.25 million from the New South Wales Government, toward the delivery of the project.