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Darwin to gain a home venue for rugby league
Rugby league in the Northern Territory will finally get a dedicated stadium after the Northern Territory Government brought forward plans for a $25 million sports facility at Darwin’s Warren Park.
Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss will bring forward the project by four years with work to start on the stadium in the 2017/18 financial year.
Minister Moss has also announced that an additional $10 million will go towards a new indoor netball stadium at the same complex.
Under the plans the two venues will be built at Warren Park in Marrara, across the road from Marrara Stadium, the longtime home of AFL in Darwin.
Minister Moss said the development would help boost the economy and also provide a "top class facility for our community".
She added “we know that we need to be providing local projects and local jobs for local people, as well as providing fantastic facilities for Territorians.”
However, Minister Moss was not able to give any details on what the expected capacity of the new rugby league stadium would be, or how parking and public transport problems around the Marrara spots precinct would be resolved.
NRL NT General Manager Nigel Roy said he was "very happy" the Territory Government had decided to invest in a stadium at Marrara, stating “there's been a general consultation process that not only the league has gone through but the Government has gone through, and we're very happy they're going to invest in Marrara.”
The announcement of the development of Warren Park as Darwin's home of rugby league may to bring an end to a long running saga over the development of a new stadium for rugby league.
The former CLP Government promised $20 million to redevelop Darwin's historic home of rugby league - Richardson Park - then reversed that decision.
Minister Moss has also announced $100,000 in funding for 17 festivals and events to be held across the Northern Territory next year.
Introducing the funding, Northern Territory Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the funding would help with the interstate and international marketing of each event.
She stated “the Territory hosts some of Australia’s best festivals and events including; theatre, cabaret, art, dance, live music, high calibre sporting events and cultural experiences.
“Our festivals and events are quirky and unique and help build the Northern Territory’s reputation as a fun and adventurous holiday destination rich in art and culture.”
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