A Shorten Labor Government will invest $1.2 million to flick the switch on lighting up Marrara Cricket Ground.
Labor’s investment will enable NT Cricket to install 1100 lux lights at the ground, giving it the capacity to host night training sessions and games for all levels of cricket from junior to elite.
The Northern Territory has the highest per capita cricket participation rate in Australia, with 10 per cent of Territorians playing.
Strong growth in female and junior participation is putting pressure on local ground availability leaving girls, boys and senior teams to play through the hottest time of day.
Labor’s investment, if elected, will provide lighting to a standard suitable for local, state, Big Bash and International games – a key step towards attracting more national and international cricket to Darwin.
Luke Gosling, Member for Solomon, said Labor understood the importance of helping families with busy lifestyles find the time to enjoy the health and social benefits of participating in sport.
“Lighting up Marrara Cricket Ground will mean more mid-week and weekend night fixtures, which help more cricketers avoid the heat of the day and ensure NT Cricket can continue to provide more opportunities for girls, boys, women and men to play,” Mr Gosling said.
Shadow Minister for Sport Senator Don Farrell said Labor’s support for community sport was about improving local facilities to give all Australians a fair go at sport.
“Whether they dream of one day being the next Tabitha Saville or D’Arcy Short, or just want to enjoy the benefits of being physically active, investments like this one will give more Australian the opportunity to play sport,” he said.
“Our investments in community sporting facilities like these help build capacity to meet the welcome growth in female participation in club sport and support more Australians to live active, healthy lifestyles.”
WEDNESDAY, 27 MARCH 2019