Fun and fitness for Arkinstall Park

Media Release

WT129/2015

08 May 2015

Joint release with:

John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

Troy Green

General Manager, Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Heads residents have new sports and recreation facilities ready for competitions and family fun, with the official opening today of Stage One of the $7.74 million Arkinstall Park Regional Sports Centre Upgrade Project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the new facilities are an important piece of community infrastructure for regional New South Wales.

“This new indoor/outdoor sports centre will improve the regional sporting capability of the Tweed region, and benefit the entire community,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for New South Wales John Williams helped officially open the revamped sports centre this morning.

“It is estimated that 100,000 people each year will use the centre, and have access to fantastic new netball, tennis, soccer and general recreation facilities,” Senator Williams said.

“Works include construction of the netball clubhouse and amenities, a tennis clubhouse and eight new hard courts, including a full size show court.”

General Manager of Tweed Shire Council Troy Green recognised the significant contribution the Australian Government made to the upgrade of Arkinstall Park, describing it as an economic driver attracting competitors, spectators and families from across the border and throughout the region.

“This project is integral as a Regional Sporting Facility for a Shire which will grow to 130,000 people and will also attract participants from the Southern Gold Coast,” he said.

“Without the assistance of the Australian Government the standard of the facilities and, particularly the tennis courts, would not be to competition grade. Our residents now have just as much opportunity as anyone in the city to participate in a representative team sport at both regional and national levels.

“Council's contribution was significant on its own but the Australian governments' funding, as well as contributions from Tennis Australia and Tweed Netball Association, has been the catalyst to lifting the standard of this facility to a regional level for this and future generations.”

The Arkinstall Park Regional Sports Centre Upgrade project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government providing more than $4.99 million, the Tweed Shire Council $2.262 million, Tennis Australia $100,000 and the Tweed Netball Association $30,000.