The Rudd Labor Government announced today it would invest $10 million towards the University of Canberra Sports Hub project – a state-of-the-art sports facility with new community engagement programs for Canberra and the surrounding region.
The Sports Hub project includes building a new sport and health research, training and administration facility. The project will also establish a mobile sports fitness and health clinic which will promote the benefits of an active lifestyle through greater community engagement and participation.
The UC Sports Hub project is a collaborative effort between the Rudd Labor Government, the ACT Government, the University of Canberra Union and the ACT and Southern NSW Rugby Union.
ACT Senator, Kate Lundy, Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh and Member for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly made the Regional Development Australian Fund announcement today during a visit to the University of Canberra.
ACT Senator, Kate Lundy said the Rudd Labor Government is serious about investing in Canberra to meet future challenges and opportunities.
“Australians are proud of our renowned sporting prowess and this facility will help more residents from the ACT and the surrounding region realise their sporting potential,” Senator Lundy said.
“The Sports Hub will provide world-class shared sporting and research facilities, sports testing, talent identification and coaching clinics for students and coaches in regional communities, as well as access to research support.
“Establishing an internationally recognised Sports Hub will ensure the region has the expertise in the sport and fitness fields, which will in turn attract more businesses and research to the region, driving economic growth and sustainability.
“This project will add to the state-of-the-art facilities that already exist at the Australian Institute of Sport and will help to further increase Canberra’s international reputation for sporting excellence and engagement.”
The Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly said the project would reach out beyond Canberra’s borders and will be a massive boost for the entire region.
“New mobile sports fitness and health clinics will help the project to deliver real benefits to a number of communities in the ACT and surrounding region,” Dr Kelly said.
"I am extremely proud of the massive investments the Federal Labor Government has made in sports infrastructure right across the South East, creating quality facilities that encourage Aussie kids into a more healthy and active lifestyle.
"I am particularly excited that families in Queanbeyan, Cooma-Monaro and the South Coast will also be able enjoy these new mobile sports fitness and health clinics that will reach out to local communities and bring the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle.”
The Member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh said the building and construction phase of the project will also provide new jobs and an economic boost to Canberra and the surrounding region.
“Canberra is a significant regional hub for about 600,000 people. Building this facility is good news for them, not only because they can access new sporting facilities but also because it will benefit the local economy,” Dr Leigh said.
“It is another exciting project for Canberra and the region following the announcement by the ACT Brumbies and the University of Canberra to build the new $16 million ACT Brumbies' headquarters at the University of Canberra,” Dr Leigh said.
The funds for the project are from the latest round of the Regional Development Australia Fund and are already included in the budget.