Liberal Senator for Tasmania Claire Chandler today joined Meander Valley Council Mayor Wayne Johnston today to officially open the redeveloped Westbury Recreation Ground, delivering the $2.2 million project  for the Meander Valley Community.

Senator Chandler said the redeveloped Recreation Ground was an example of Federal, State, and Local Government working together to support an important project that will benefit Westbury and surrounding communities.

“Local sporting clubs including the Meander Valley Suns Football Club and the Shamrocks Cricket Club will benefit from the improved facilities, which also provides improved health and fitness activities for the wider community,” Senator Chandler said.

“Providing greater access to modern sporting facilities is one way we can encourage participation in sport and active lifestyles, and the redeveloped changing facilities will cater for female cricket and football teams and their continued popularity.

“The project supported 25 jobs during the construction stage of the project, and has created a revitalised facility for the community.”

The Australian Government committed $300,000 to the $2,276,900 million project through the Community Development Grants Programme, with the Tasmanian Government committing $788,100, and the Meander Valley Council committing the remaining $1,188,800.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $300,000 investment in sporting infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Westbury area.

“In addition to implementing unisex facilities for female cricket and football teams, this investment will also produce long-term economic benefits to the region with the potential for hire agreements for external groups which will bring revenue into the local community,” Mr McCormack said.

Meander Valley Council Mayor Wayne Johnston said the redevelopment has delivered modern facilities for local sports clubs and the wider community.

“The project included the installation of home and away change rooms, unisex shower and toilet facilities for players and umpires, as well as a store room for equipment and a medical room,” Mayor Johnston said.

“A new function room has also been constructed as part of the project, meaning the facility is equipped to host sporting club functions and other events at the recreation ground.”