Labor will invest in Macedon Sports Precinct

A Shorten Labor Government, if elected will invest $10 million ensuring the delivery of Stages 1 and 2 of the long-awaited multi-sport community sports precinct for the Macedon Ranges region.

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct at New Gisborne was left in limbo after the Turnbull/Morrison government rejected it for funding last year. Under a Shorten Labor Government the new precinct will receive new and upgraded indoor and outdoor multi-sport facilities under Labor, supporting increased participation across a huge range of sports and community activities.

Existing facilities are overflowing as the region’s growing population, higher than average rates of sports participation and rapid growth in female playing numbers put huge strains on clubs and competitions trying to schedule games and training.

Labor’s investment in Stages 1 and 2 of the project will support improvements that will enable more residents of the region to participate in sports, including:

  • A new all-weather synthetic oval and a new natural grass surface ovals:
  • Four indoor sports courts;
  • Two new tennis / netball courts;
  • Three new cricket practice nets;
  • Multi-purpose community spaces for dance, martial arts, acrobatics & more;
  • Player & referee change rooms, administration, first aid & storage space;
  • A new pavilion, spectator seating, concourse and mound;
  • Community café, picnic, BBQ and play-space facilities;
  • Access, internal roads, car parks, undercover bike racks & traffic measures;
  • Landscaping and public amenities;
  • Walking and cycling path network.

The new and improved facilities will support sports and activities including acrobatics, athletics, badminton, basketball, community events, concerts, cricket, cycling, dance, exercise classes, festivals, football, futsal, martial arts, netball, new parent groups, running, school, soccer, tennis, volleyball, walking.

The two new ovals will ease the burden currently felt by many children and their families who have to make a one-and-a-half-hour round trip to play their weekly basketball outside of the shire, and on Under-9 footballers who currently have to play their games in the dark on Friday evenings because of the lack of oval availability.

The project will deliver a Precinct capable of hosting regional competitions, reducing the need for local sports people to travel to play sport, while also providing economic benefits by catering for events that will bring visitors from further afield.

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct is expected to support:

  • An extra 245,000 uses of the facilities annually;
  • 68 direct and 93 indirect jobs during construction;
  • 23 direct and 11 indirect jobs once the Precinct is fully operational;
  • $59 million in regional economic benefits via construction & flow-on effects.

Labor has made hard budget decisions to ensure our priorities are fully paid for – we will make multinationals pay their fair share and close unsustainable tax loopholes, because we want to support more Australians to participate in sport and enjoy the health, social and community benefits it provides.