Funding for Northern suburbs recreation hub welcomed

Published on 02 June 2023

Launceston Acting Mayor Matthew Garwood has welcomed a $27.5m State Government contribution towards the Northern Suburbs Recreation Hub project, announced as part of the recent State Budget.

The hub was identified in the City of Launceston's My Place My Future Northern suburbs revitalisation plan to help address a critical shortage of indoor sporting facilities in Launceston and to improve access to local community, sport and recreation infrastructure and programs in the Northern Suburbs.

The Federal Government has pledged $15m towards the project, while the City of Launceston has also committed $1.1m.

The project will be delivered and owned by the State Government.

The proposed Northern Suburbs Recreation Hub will include both outdoor and indoor recreational spaces — addressing a current shortfall in Northern Tasmania — catering to sports like netball, basketball, volleyball and more.

"The Northern Suburbs Recreation Hub project has huge potential to improve recreational options for Launceston's Northern suburbs, and the wider region," Cr Garwood said.

"It has been nearly 40 years since a major new indoor sports complex was developed in Launceston, and we know the demand for these spaces has only grown in that time.

"The City of Launceston welcomes this important funding allocation by the State Government, which will see the construction of a state-of-the-art recreation facility in Mowbray.

"This project has the potential to be a game-changer for Launceston's Northern suburbs, opening new sporting pathways, building new community and social networks, and creating new economic and employment opportunities."