Launceston, Tas

The Tasmanian Government has announced a $27.5 million contribution towards Launceston’s Northern Suburbs Recreation Hub as part of the recent State Budget – news welcomed by Launceston’s Acting Mayor, Matthew Garwood.

The hub was identified in the City of Launceston’s My Place My Future Plan for Northern Suburbs revitalisation to help address a critical shortage of indoor sporting facilities and to improve access to local community, sport and recreation infrastructure and programs in the Northern Suburbs.

The Federal Government has pledged $15 million towards the project, while the City of Launceston has also committed $1.1 million.

The project will be delivered and owned by the State Government.

The proposed Northern Suburbs Recreation Hub will include both outdoor and indoor recreational spaces – addressing a current shortfall in Northern Tasmania – catering to sports like netball, basketball, volleyball and more.

“The Northern Suburbs Recreation Hub project has huge potential to improve recreational options for Launceston’s Northern suburbs, and the wider region,” Cr Garwood said.

“It has been nearly 40 years since a major new indoor sports complex was developed in Launceston, and we know the demand for these spaces has only grown in that time.

“The City of Launceston welcomes this important funding allocation by the State Government, which will see the construction of a state-of-the-art recreation facility in Mowbray.

“This project has the potential to be a game-changer for Launceston’s Northern suburbs, opening new sporting pathways, building new community and social networks, and creating new economic and employment opportunities.”

1 Comment
  1. Sharon Spencer 1 year ago

    I just hope you get a professional organization to run this new centre. I read some time ago that PCYC Newstead were going to be the tenant when this Hub was finished. They have all but run the Newstead facility into the ground. Poor leadership, payouts to former staff via tribunals, and providing a centre so unsafe we were forced to withdraw two grandchildren. They employed a friend of ours as recreation manager who lasted three days, a new GM who lasted a few months and a former GM who never attended a single gymnastics sporting carnival during their five year term. Please get the right people to operate this centre as this is a great opportunity for Launceston and could see our City turning out international standard athletes again as we have done in the past.

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