Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has secured $1 million from the Federal Government to transform the home for the Glenorchy Knights Football Club at KGV.

He will discuss the great news with Club President Tony Bacic and captain Tyler Harrison, and will be joined by young players and representatives from Football Federation Tasmania.



“The Glenorchy Knights are a great club and have been an important part of the greater Hobart community for over 60 years,” Mr Wilkie said. “That’s why it’s excellent news that the Federal Government has committed $1 million to transform the existing Football Federation Tasmania facility at KGV into a multi-purpose facility with vibrant new clubrooms.”

“This funding will provide for the construction of indoor and outdoor viewing areas for spectators, a commercial kitchen, hall and function area, as well as bar and kiosk facilities.

“The redevelopment will also mean that Football Federation Tasmania can relocate to elsewhere on the site as well as build other infrastructure including new change rooms.

Mr Wilkie said that it was great to see the redevelopment of the KGV community precinct being realised. The grant announced today adds to the $120,000 grant in 2011 for the development of a business case, and the $8.7 million grant in 2012 for the rebuild of the Glenorchy Football Club building into a multi-user community centre, resurfacing of the soccer ground with a synthetic pitch, and construction of a new display hall at the Tasmanian Transport Museum.

“I’m a strong advocate for Government support for sports and sporting infrastructure. Children in particular need access to healthy sports in safe environments run by good role models. Clubs like the Glenorchy Knights are the lifeblood of communities and it’s so important that they have a permanent home with the highest standard of facilities.”