Member for Murray Austin Evans today announced a $10 million NSW Government grant that will see Griffith’s sport precinct transformed into a first-class regional training and sports facility.

Mr Evans said the NSW Government Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund grant will cover Stage 1 of an impressive sporting hub for Griffith.

“The sporting precinct project will see the construction of a first-class, multi-purpose regional sports complex, catering for multiple sports,” said Mr Evans.

“The complex will include seven indoor basketball courts with seating for over 1000 people, seven all weather netball courts, a new synthetic athletics track with new lighting, a new synthetic turf hockey pitch and a new grandstand.

“It also includes a new 50-metre pool to complement the existing facilities at the Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre.

“These additions and upgrades will help to transform and incorporate these standalone facilities into a functional and regional sports precinct capable of hosting local, state and national sporting events,” he said.

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said he was thrilled to hear the good news.

“This is fantastic news for our city and for this whole region,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“I am pleased that our local State Member Austin Evans and the State Government have acknowledged Griffith as a thriving centre with a genuine need for improved sporting facilities.

“I want to thank all those in our community who provided input for this important project and Council staff for their hard work to get this proposal across the line.

“Council can now move forward in delivering better sporting facilities for residents and visitors.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the Griffith Regional Sports Precinct was one of 16 new projects to receive grants from the $100 million NSW Government Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, taking the total number of projects supported under the fund to 21.

“I congratulate Griffith City Council and look forward to seeing this facility come to life with countless benefits for local players, athletes, teams, their fans and the wider sporting community,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government has been working hard to make regional NSW a great place to live, work and play, to lift sports participation and help to foster a sense of pride and identity in regional communities.

“The money being spent will bring these facilities to the standard required to host a variety of national and state level matches and competitions across a number of sports which will have significant flow-on benefits such as increasing tourism and boosting local economies.”

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said building and improving sporting facilities in regional NSW will develop pathways for strong athletes and create spaces for the community to come together and enjoy active and healthy lifestyles.

“By upgrading and expanding regional NSW stadiums, fields, training facilities and sporting hubs, we provide rising stars with the means to further develop their skills and encourage others to participate on the field or on the sidelines,” Mr Ayres said.

For more information about the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund, visit www.nsw.gov.au/regionalsportsinfrastructure.