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Hunter Sports Centre ripe for $42 million expansion

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The Hunter Sports Centre in Glendale has taken a step closer to completion, after Australian-owned construction firm Grindley was announced as the winning tender for the $42 million expansion project.

The upgrade, which began with the recent opening of a new warm-up track at the regional facility, will continue with the Lake Macquarie suburb set to be home to a hub attracting national and international events.

Grindley has been chosen to build a new athlete testing facility, sport and community centre and NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence.

The work is expected to create 100 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and generate $16 million in flow-on benefits to the local economy.

Lake Macquarie City Council Deputy CEO Tony Farrell said Grindley had a track record for delivering award-winning community infrastructure.

“Grindley has been selected following a competitive tender process. We’re confident they will deliver a bigger and better Hunter Sports Centre that will meet the needs of our growing community and put Lake Macquarie on the map as a sporting powerhouse,” he said.

Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale

Grindley CEO Matthew Macauley said the firm was excited and extremely pleased to be selected for such an important community project.

“Partnering with Lake Macquarie City Council and the local community to deliver these significant additions to the Hunter Sports Centre precinct characterises Grindley’s core business, our values and commitment to local infrastructures. We look forward to commencement of works on the project,” he said.

The three-storey, 4500sqm sport and community centre will feature large multi-purpose and function rooms alongside new health and fitness facilities.

Works will also improve access and create additional parking for the 570,000 visitors expected to visit the upgraded centre each year.

The Australian Government has committed $10 million to the sports and community centre expansion.

Its Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program has provided $960,000 for the Hunter Sports Centre warm-up track extension.

Grindley will also build the new NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence, which will boast a 1300sqm arena with 12 trampolines and grandstand seating for up to 400 spectators.

The NSW Government has committed $12.5 million to deliver the NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence through its Centre of Excellence Fund, as well as $1 million to the warm-up track and athlete testing facility through the Regional Sports Facility Fund.

Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale
Expressions of interest were being sought for Hunter Sports Centre construction tender in 2021.

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the expansion would help grow participation and provide talent pathways for the local community.

“Since 2017, the NSW Government has invested more than $2 billion in community sport, through grassroots infrastructure projects, participation programs and our nation-leading Active Kids voucher,” Mr Henskens said.

“The Hunter’s next generation of track and aerial athletes will help bridge the gap between elite sport and grassroots, bringing sporting heroes closer to the community and creating strong links with development programs.”

The upgrade of Hunter Sports Centre is expected to be completed by late 2024.

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