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

Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre Project Underway

Media Release

WT032/2013

21 November 2013

Joint release with:

Dan Tehan

Federal Member for Wannon

Hugh Delahunty

Minister for Sport and Recreation

Ararat's sporting, training, recreation and community needs are set for a big boost, with work starting today on the Alexandra Oval Community and Recreation Centre Project.

Contractors have arrived on site to demolish the old facilities and start construction of the new $3.8 million community and recreation centre.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the high quality multipurpose community and sporting hub would spark more sporting and social activities in the local community.

“The current Alexandra Oval Reserve facilities are central to the Ararat township and are used by an average of 570 people each week,” Mr Truss said.

“These improved facilities will draw even more of the town's residents and people from the surrounding Grampians region, boosting the community's health and wellbeing as well as the town's economy.”

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the centre would encourage even more community and youth engagement through sport.

“It's much more than just sporting grounds—it's a community space offering more social activities for everyone, including those using the Alexandra Gardens and health precinct,” said Mr Tehan.

“It's a tribute to the hardworking local community who have come together to realise this project.”

Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty said the new centre would give Ararat the chance to hold more regional sporting events.

“We will see a boost to local businesses, as well as the well-known benefits of sport, which improves health and wellbeing, builds teamsmanship, develops new skills, improves self-esteem and creates social networks.”

The Australian Government contributed $500,000 and the Victorian Government contributed $1.6 million to the new Centre which is due for completion by 1 March 2015.