The finish line is in sight for the construction of the Maitland Regional Athletics Centre, with Maitland City Council today announcing it will be officially opened next Monday.
The project was jointly funded by Council and Restart NSW Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund, and includes a World Athletics Certified synthetic athletics track, playing field, track and field facilities, floodlighting, a grandstand with capacity of 560 people, changerooms, canteen, two large function spaces and car parking.
Mayor Loretta Baker said one of the key objectives of council is to ensure the growing community has the facilities and services it needs.
“This facility is a welcome addition to the high quality sporting options already available in the city,” she said.
“From hosting local clubs and school athletics to drawing major athletics events to the area like zone and regional carnivals, we’re so excited to see the benefits of this facility for the community.”
Catherine Cusack, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter said she’s pleased to see the project come to fruition.
“The Maitland Regional Sports Complex now provides recreational facilities for all people in the wider community, including children, youth and athletes alike,” she said.
“The Maitland Regional Sports Complex was awarded $5.5 million under the NSW Government’s Hunter Infrastructure Investment Fund and will now attract more visitors to the Hunter region, with enhanced event capabilities, complete access for people with disabilities and increasing visitor spending in the region.”
Once open, council will work with local and regional sporting groups to educate them on the many unique features of the site with access for the general public planned to commence in time for summer walks and exercise with family and friends.