Football Tasmania’s plans for upgrades to infrastructure have been boosted by the support of Glenorchy City Council’s Acting Mayor and mayoral candidate, Bec Thomas.
Upgrades at KGV Park and North Chigwell are set to occur with procurements for the design and construction of new changerooms and a grandstand at KGV initiated this week.
Thomas demonstrated her commitment by confirming the upgrades that are set to occur.
“I am pleased to confirm we received the final funding agreement for signing this week and the project team have now hit ‘play on’, issuing the procurements for both the design and construction of the new changerooms and grandstand at KGV and for temporary change rooms,” she said.
“We are also about to issue the request for tender for the first stage of the North Chigwell project, which is to evaluate options for the design and management of the facility to ensure the football hub is fit for purpose and sustainable into the long-term future.”
Thomas went on to indicate that Glenorchy City Council has always been committed to prioritising the Northern Suburbs Football Facilities development projects, which is to be achieved through a funding allocation of $14.3 million.
“This is made up of $12.8 million from the Australian Government’s 2018 election commitment, an additional $1 million from the Australian Government’s Community Development Grant Program and $500,000 from the Tasmanian Government’s Levelling the Playing Field Grant program,” she said.
“Since the funds were promised, we have been working closely with all stakeholders to combine and leverage funding sources to get the best possible outcome for the football community and ratepayers and residents of Glenorchy.
“These projects represent significant investments, with $8.96 million allocated to the North Chigwell Hub and $4.84 million to the KGV upgrades, so it’s important we get them right and make sure the facilities are sustainable into the future.
Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley acknowledged the enormous benefits that the upgrades are to have foe the local community and wider football community.
“I’d like to thank Ms Thomas for recognising the importance of both the KGV and North Chigwell projects,” he said.
“It’s great to see progress is being made and that we can expect to see action at the sites soon now the funding agreement has been received.
“Football participation is bursting at the seams in the state and upgrades at both KGV and North Chigwell will help even more Tasmanians enjoy the World Game safely and comfortably.”