Port Augusta residents will now be able to enjoy an elite new $20.5 million sporting and recreational facility with the Central Oval Community Hub upgrade officially opening today.
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the complex is one of the most comprehensive regional sporting and recreational facilities in South Australia.
“This upgrade is a great example of how the Australian Government is supporting regional communities,” Mr Truss said.
“I am informed that 21 direct and 25 indirect jobs have been created as a result of the project, and an additional 65 jobs were created during the project construction phase, delivering an important economic boost to the region.”
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey opened the new facility today, and said the hub was designed to attract major sporting events and provide a modern facility for major community functions in the region
“The new facilities will allow for year round sporting events and community activities,” Mr Ramsey said.
“In fact, already Port Augusta has benefitted from this facility by being one of only 23 locations around the nation selected to host the Spirit of Anzac Centenary Exhibition to be staged at the complex in November 2016.
“This travelling exhibition tells Australia's First World War story and requires the expansive, modern facilities offered at the complex.
“Works included the construction and fit-out of a state of the art sporting stadium, including three indoor multi-use courts, a gym, change rooms and various storage rooms plus outdoor netball courts.
“A new function room with kitchen, bar and reception area has also been built, giving Port Augusta residents a place to meet, play sport and socialise.”
South Australian Acting Minister for Recreation and Sport Kyam Maher said the State Government recognised the importance of the hub and committed $5 million towards its development.
“Port Augusta residents now have a state-of-the-art civic and sports centre and the residents are very excited,” Mr Maher said.
“The Centre is one of the biggest developments undertaken in Port Augusta in recent years and it is helping to transform and revitalise the community.
“Not only did the local economy benefit during construction, but now the region can continue to reap the social and economic rewards of being able to host more games and tournaments.”
Mayor of Port Augusta Sam Johnson said the new hub was an excellent example of different levels of government working together to deliver important infrastructure improvements.
“I look forward to watching the community come together to enjoy sport and socialise in these new facilities,” Cr Johnson said.
The Australian Government provided $5 million towards this project, South Australian Government $5 million, Port Augusta City Council $10.35 million and the South Australian Community Football League $150,000.