More millions granted to create Maitland Sports Hub
By 2021 Maitland will be the home of an almost $25 million sporting hub, after the NSW Government awarded another multi-million dollar grant to the continuing upgrades of a CBD precinct.
Announced on Monday, $5.2 million from the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund will go towards Stage Three of the redevelopment of No.1 and No.2 Sportsgrounds, with the completed product to be known as the Maitland Sports Hub.
Maitland City Council will contribute $3.3 million to the final stage. It will see a new LED scoreboard, lighting and fencing installed at No. 1, with further work to be done on amphitheatre seating, toilets and changerooms, while the precinct will gain a shared pathway for jogging and cycling, a fitness station and children’s playground.
“It’s the icing on the cake for No. 1, and it’s the final piece of infrastructure to add to what I call passive recreation,” Maitland mayor Loretta Baker said.
“Most of the stuff we’re talking about is built infrastructure, but what we’re getting here is parklands and green space, and that is critically important for the CBD.
“The scoreboard and the lighting will increase our capacity again to hold big matches…and we will use it to leverage our visitor economy.”
The announcement brings the State Government’s contribution to the entire precinct to roughly $15 million, which Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald credited to strong grant applications by Council.
“Council has been working very effectively to get their vision and their plans, and then turning that into submissions and grant applications,” he said.
“Maitland City Council is one of the more effective councils about putting together the package.
“That’s how you end up with what we’re talking about today.”