Katherine Town Council has scored a further $200,000 towards fixing the the second main oval at the sportsground.
The extra federal funding brings the total budget to more than $700,000 and will ensure the minimally used field is up to the appropriate standard required of a major playing field.
NT Country Liberals Senator, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, welcomed the announcement of $200,000 into NT sporting infrastructure as part of the second $30 million round of the Government’s Community Sport Infrastructure Program.
Read More: Money to be diverted to second oval
“This is a wonderful investment in grassroots sport for the Katherine region and will encourage participation in sports and getting Territorians out and active,” Ms Price said.
“I am sure Katherine residents will enjoy their improved sporting facilities."
Katherine Mayor Fay Miller said the injection of $200,000 from the Federal Government's Community Sports Infrastructure Grants program was highly welcomed by Katherine Town Council.
“We are already well engaged with major NT funded infrastructure revitalisation projects across Katherine and this additional funding, specifically for our sporting oval, will enable the provision of a truly first class playing field for the many deserving sporting groups in Katherine," Mayor Miller said.
"It allows us to rebuild and resurface the playing field, as well as redesign and replace the existing irrigation system, to a much higher standard.”
“It is a very exciting time for us and we thank the Federal Government for providing this greatly appreciated funding boost to Katherine and its sporting fraternity."
The federal Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the Government is focused on investing in local grassroots sporting facilities such as the Katherine sportsground.
“The Coalition Government understands that our success and prowess as a sporting nation begins with grassroots sports," Ms McKenzie said.
“As outlined in the National Sports Plan, Sport 2030, grassroots sports help drive increased participation and promote social, health and community benefits of physical activity and sport – a key priority for our government.”
The Katherine Town Council will use $300,000 from the $4.4 million promised last year to redevelop the Don Dale pavilion and $200,000 from its own reserves to fix the No. 2 oval in the sports precinct.
While you're with us, you can now receive updates straight to your inbox each Friday at 6am from the Katherine Times. To make sure you're up to date with all the news, sign up here.