Remote communities near Katherine are set to receive sport facility upgrades as part of a $1.85 million government investment.
Works are currently underway in Barunga, 80km from Katherine, to upgrade oval lights.
Tenders are expected to be awarded in April for work on multi-purpose courts in Borroloola and oval lights and associated power upgrades at Ngukurr.
Helen Lee, Roper Gulf Regional Council Deputy Mayor and a resident of Barunga said the upgrades will help facilitating sport activity within the communities.
"Roper Gulf has been working through its Councillors and Local Authority members to attract investment for sporting infrastructure in Barunga, Borroloola and Ngukurr," she said.
"As a Council we want to encourage a strong sports and recreation culture with our communities for all the associated health and social benefits.
"On behalf of Council and the Roper Gulf Region, I would like to thank the Northern Territory Government for supporting these important local projects."
Local contractor All Regions Electrical has been awarded the contract at Barunga and the team is working hard to deliver the improved oval lights before the Barunga Festival, happening in June.
Not only will the new lights improve the iconic festival, which draws thousands of people, but also provide more opportunities for sporting activities, arts and community events.
Lauren Moss, the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, said she is hoping the sport facility upgrades will encourage players to stay active and involved in activities.
"We continue to invest in the Territory's community sporting assets because we know they play a vital role in building vibrant and connected communities," she said.
"We want to see more Territorians in remote communities participate in sport to improve health and well-being outcomes, and well maintained sporting facilities including ovals with good facilities, will promote participation.
"We continue to work with regional councils to ensure this funding supports their key priorities and is aligned with community expectations."
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