South Australia Minister for Recreation Sport and Racing Corey Wingard
Bold Plan To Make Adelaide The Nation’s Premier Sporting City
Victor P Taffa
Marshall Government will lead the state into a sporting golden era through a bold and wide-ranging new plan which launches today.
South Australian Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan will Change The Game for sport and recreation in the state from grassroots level to elite athletes and the facilities we must build and upgrade to support them.
Sporting Plan, which will also assist the feasibility study into whether Adelaide should bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, will investigate the building blocks we need to attract sporting events from throughout the nation, and the world.
In doing so, the plan has the potential to create prosperity through an economic, construction and tourism boost, all while establishing South Australia as the premier Australian destination for sport.
It will investigate potential upgrades, and improvements from recreational facilities such as trails and parks, community infrastructure like swimming pools, courts and playing fields through to bigger assets such as the SuperDrome and the StateSports Park, to major stadiums including Adelaide Oval and Coopers Stadium.
Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard said this was South Australia’s chance to build facilities to breed new local superstar athletes, attract and develop high quality coaches, improve participation and be the number one pick to host major sporting events.
“This is also our chance to show our competitors that South Australia is open for sporting business and is a better place for future athletes to live, train and compete.” Minister Wingard said.
“We have already secured a new Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament through a Marshall Government funded upgrade of Memorial Drive and this plan will allow us to attract other exciting events.”
“There is no reason we can’t become the premier sporting state in the nation but we as a state need to own it. We urge you to come with us as we Change The Game in South Australia.”
Office of Sport, Recreation and Racing Chief Executive Kylie Taylor said the plan would allow the community to have a say on what we, as a sporting state, will look like in the future.
“We need to be strategic in our thinking to provide South Australians an athletic pathway right from grassroots through to the elite level.” Ms. Taylor said.
Stage 1 of the development of the State Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan will be community consultation focused on sport and recreation associations and clubs, local government, private providers, members and participants and the public and will be used to inform the development of the Plan.
Proposed key dates for Stage 1 are:
- Monday 18 March 2019 Your Say State Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Plan community consultation commences
- April 2019 5-week consultation process closes
- May preliminary communication on outcomes of consultation published
Consultation process will include an online survey and will be supported by information sessions.