ACT Shadow Minister for Sport and Recreation, James Milligan has called on the government to deliver on its promise to conduct a feasibility study for a Gungahlin indoor sports and recreation facility. The 2015 ACT Indoor Sports Facilities Study found there was a demonstrated shortage of supply of indoor sporting facilities, particularly in the Gungahlin region, a growth area.

“I’m constantly told by my constituents that there is a need for an indoor sport facility in the Gungahlin area,” Mr Milligan said today.

“A report released in 2015 identified demand from a number of sporting codes that require an indoor centre; including basketball, netball, futsal, volleyball and indoor hockey. The government needs to act on the findings of their own report and meet the growing demand.

“Population growth in the Gungahlin district is higher than the national average. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in March 2016 showed that for the 2014-15 year, much of the population growth in the ACT occurred in the north, with the suburbs of Harrison, Crace and Ngunnawal recording high growth rates. Population growth will continue to increase with the release of land in new suburbs and many of the people moving into these areas are young, active families.

“The feasibility study was originally promised as part of ACT Labor’s 2012 election campaign so we look forward to the government delivering on its promise and not delaying the process any further,” Mr Milligan concluded.