|Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has secured $6 million from the Federal Government to fully fund all stages of a significant upgrade of the Glenorchy YMCA.
He will be joined by YMCA CEO Melissa Carlton and Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston to discuss the funding.
“I’m delighted that the Federal Government will contribute $6 million to fully fund this once-in-a-generation upgrade of the Glenorchy YMCA,” Mr Wilkie said. “This is a game-changer for the northern suburbs.”
“The YMCA is already a fantastic asset for the city of Glenorchy. This grant will allow the YMCA to reach its full potential through the addition of over 300 square metres of community sporting and recreation infrastructure.”
“Stage 1 of the project will include an indoor skate park, an open-plan indoor sports arena with an international standard basketball court, upgrades to changerooms and the raising of the floor in the community gym to create a single level, access-friendly wellbeing centre.
“Stage 2 sees the construction of a double height, glass-fronted reception and community café, as well as a social enterprise commercial kitchen.
“Finally Stage 3 will include three community classroom and meeting spaces, and spectator viewing platforms for the community skate park and multi-purpose sports court.
“This is an exciting project that will see the Glenorchy YMCA transformed over the next several years. I thank the Federal Government for seeing the merit in this project and for making this upgrade possible.”
Mr Wilkie said that today’s announcement brings the total federal investment in the KGV precinct to nearly $16 million, which includes the original business case, the demolition of the Glenorchy Football Club building and construction of a multi-user facility, installation of an all-weather surface on the soccer pitch, redevelopment of the Glenorchy Knights clubroom and FFT offices, and construction of a new display building at the Transport Museum.
“This really rounds out the challenge I set myself when I was elected to revitalise the KGV area and turn it into a genuine community precinct,” Mr Wilkie said.
“This sort of investment is worthwhile because sport and recreation facilities promote fitness, strengthen the community and give children in particular access to healthy activities in safe environments run by good role models.”
Authorised by Andrew Wilkie MP 188 Collins St Hobart