Gungahlin is severely lacking in sporting facilities across the board. Near the top of that list is a multi-purpose Indoor Sports Centre.
Part of our COVID recovery is going to be investing in infrastructure – that much is clear. The types, locations, and delivery models are still up for debate. Physical and mental health benefits should be a significant focus of this.
I’ve already committed to outdoor sporting upgrades around Gungahlin, and now we need our first major indoor facility too.
There is a large, unused parcel of land opposite Casey Market Town. I have a vision for a state-of-the-art Indoor Sports facility, and that land is one possibility it could go. Another Casey – this one in Melbourne – has an impressive indoor sports facility that shows commitment to community health and wellbeing. It is an accessible and inclusive facility.
There are 2,000 students studying within 800 meters and a retirement village even closer. People of all ages will be able to enjoy indoor recreation at the centre.
How could we deliver this?
The ACT Government invested $28.7 million in the Gungahlin Leisure Centre. YMCA are the management partners for the centre, and residents pay to use the facilities including the pool and the gym.
Both of these elements would be used at this Indoor Sports centre; a partnership for management of the centre, and a user-pays system for members of the public.
A transparent tender process will find the right partner. The successful tenderer will be interested in building community connections and fostering healthy lifestyles.
- Hold a community consultation with all of Gungahlin to determine what specific facilities and fit-outs Gungahlin residents want.
- Commission design work for a new Indoor Sports Centre within the first year of Government.
- Once designed, I will lobby to secure funding to build the sports centre as soon as possible.
- Upgrade outdoor sports and recreation facilities to “fit for purpose” levels.
- Casey residents have identified areas of traffic congestion and public transport concerns that need to be addressed.
- I am proposing expanding Gold Creek School to include a second College for Gungahlin, and those students would also use this facility.
- All new public infrastructure should be carbon-neutral or carbon-negative if possible.