Development Application approved for new athletics centre project
The Athletics Centre Project at the Maitland Regional Sportsground Precinct has jumped the next hurdle with the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel approving the Development Application for the facility.
The redevelopment works will include the construction of a 400m synthetic track and associated field facilities, an amenities building, spectator seating and car parking, which will service both the new facility and No. 1 Sportsground.
Maitland Mayor, Cr Loretta Baker says, ‘One of the key objectives of Council is to ensure that our growing community has the facilities and services it needs. So, the redevelopment of the site will be a welcome addition to the high quality sporting options available in the city.
‘Smyth Field was originally set aside for community use in the 1800s and many iterations of development have followed. But these latest works will mean that the city has a facility that will not only benefit our local sportspeople, but also has the potential to attract regional and state events, which is good news for our visitor economy and businesses‘.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC says, ‘Facilities like this promote active participation in sports and fitness, encouraging members of our community to lead more active, healthy lifestyles.
‘I’m pleased this government has been able to support both stages of this vital piece of sports infrastructure through the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund’.
The $10.5 million project is joint funded by Council and Restart NSW Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund and it will be built on the site of the No. 2 Sportsground and Smyth Field in Central Maitland.
The site will also connect to Maitland No. 1 Sportsground, which itself has recently had its grandstand redeveloped, as well as a number of other facilities that surround the site including Maitland Regional Art Gallery and the PCYC.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in the second half of 2018.