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Mark Goldsworthy MP

Member for Kavel

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Mark Goldsworthy MP, Member for Kavel


Member for Kavel

48 Hutchinson Street

Tel: (08) 8391 5599
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Mount Barker Regional Sports Hub

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Mr GOLDSWORTHY (Kavel) (15:30): I am pleased to speak
in the house this afternoon about a very welcome announcement in the state
electorate of Kavel, which I have the pleasure of representing in this place,
but also in the federal electorate of Mayo. The announcement was made on 3 June
by none other than the Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, and the
member for Mayo, Jamie Briggs MP.

The announcement was for $3.75 million from a re-elected
Turnbull Coalition government for an investment in a new Mount Barker regional
sports hub. This new facility will ensure that the Mount Barker regional sports
hub is a critical regional sporting facility contributing to the local economy
and local job creation. The funding commitment will go towards the construction
of the Cornerstone function centre and clubrooms, which is obviously an
integral part of the sports hub facility.

It was quite a big event on 3 June. We had representatives
from many sporting bodies. We had the Hon. John Olsen, the president of the
SANFL, attend. We had the CEO of Football Federation South Australia there
along with a number of representatives from other sporting bodies, so it was
quite a significant event in the electorate of Mayo and, obviously, the state
electorate of Kavel. As well as a two-level, 350-seat regional function centre,
recreational areas and clubrooms will be stage 1 of the project, and that will
incorporate one full-sized AFL-standard oval, one synthetic soccer pitch and
eight five-a-side pitches, soccer clubrooms and a grandstand, six netball courts,
floodlighting, playing areas, car parking and vehicle access. Obviously, this
new high-class sporting facility will accommodate cricket, AFL, tennis, netball
and soccer, and will meet the requirements of the AFL for preseason games,
cricket facilities to cater for first-class matches and soccer facilities to
accommodate high-level teams.

This was a very welcome announcement made by the Prime
Minister and the member for Mayo, Jamie Briggs, and it really enforces the
important point that only a re-elected Turnbull government will look to proceed
with this new facility. I will just quote from the member for Mayo:

'This is a fantastic project for our community and one that I
am thrilled to be able to deliver for the families of Mount Barker…

The Hills community is in need of more sporting and function
facilities, and this project will serve Mayo locals well into the future,' Mr
Briggs said.

That is a quote from some of the press release that was put
out on 3 June, but I want to remind the house of a press release that the then
minister for transport, the Hon. Patrick Conlon, and the then acting minister
for urban development and planning, the Hon. Jack Snelling, put out in December
2010. That was at the time when the government rezoned all that land in and
around Mount Barker for residential development. Part of the press release

It's important that as people move into this regional centre
that they can access the services they need for all stages of their lives.

Open space and recreational facilities have been very
important considerations in discussions with the land owners’ negotiating new
provisions with the Mt Barker Council.

Even though that press release is 5½ years old, it is still
very relevant today. The local community in and around the Adelaide Hills needs
this government to continue to commit valuable funding, much needed funding, to
that community. As a consequence of the $3.75 million announcement by the
federal government, we are calling on the state government to match that $3.7 million

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