New irrigation and sports facilities open at Pembroke Park

Media Release


30 September 2015

Joint release with:

Rene Hidding

Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure

Kerry Vincent

Mayor of Sorell Council

David Bushby

Senator for Tasmania

Sorell's sports groups are kicking goals today, with the official opening of the $2.8 million South East Region Sporting, Recreational and Cultural Precinct Project at Pembroke Park.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had provided around $1.2 million towards the project, which has involved relocating the Little Athletics facilities and building a new soccer field, four netball courts and supporting infrastructure.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the social and economic infrastructure of communities across Australia, and this upgrade is a clear example of that,” Mr Truss said.

Senator for Tasmania David Bushby officially opened the project today and said the project will enhance the lifestyle of local residents.

“These works, including the installation of lighting, change rooms, shelters and irrigation, will go a long way to ensuring that the community's sporting needs are met,” Senator Bushby said.

“The construction of a stormwater harvesting and re-use facility was a key component of the project to ensure long-term sustainability. The South East Region is one of the driest areas in Tasmania; therefore a non-potable water supply is critical to maintaining high-standard local fields.

“I'm sure local sporting and recreational groups will enjoy the upgrade for years to come.”

Member for Lyons and Tasmanian Infrastructure Minister Rene Hidding said Pembroke Park's location near a large open stormwater channel made it an ideal water catchment area.

“A one million litre underground storage tank has been installed, and harvested stormwater will be used to irrigate the soccer fields. By reducing stormwater discharge, this project will also help protect nearby Orielton Lagoon which is an internationally recognised Ramsar site,” Mr Hidding said.

Mayor of Sorell Council Kerry Vincent said Pembroke Park was a hive of sporting activity on any given weekend.

“Pembroke Park is used by clubs and groups involved in Football, Cricket, Little Athletics, Soccer, Netball and Girl Guides. It is common for hundreds of people—players, families and spectators—to be on-site all at once,” Cr Vincent said.

The South East Region Sporting, Recreational and Cultural Precinct upgrade project was funded with $1,195,170 from the Australian Government, $240,000 from the Tasmanian Government, $1,376,393 from Sorell Council and $10,000 from community groups.