Softball ACT are pleased to secure commitment from the ACT Labour Government to provide an upgrade to lighting at Hawker Softball Centre as part of more than $60 million in recreation facility upgrades for the state.
Ben Kirk, Softball ACT CEO, said Labor’s commitment to providing upgrades to is a huge boost for softball in the state.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Labor’s commitment to upgrading our facilities at Hawker,” said Kirk.
“As well as providing our state and club level athletes the ability to compete safely under lights throughout the year, it also opens up the opportunity to work with Softball Australia in securing events at both a National Championship and international or High Performance level.”
Yvette Barry MLA, Minister for Sport and Recreation re-affirmed the ACT Labor government’s commitment to upgrades should they be elected in a letter received 6 October 2020.
“Today the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA and I announced that if re-elected an ACT Labor Government will undertake major upgrades at Hawker District Playing Fields,” said Barry.
“The proposed upgrades will include upgraded lighting at the Hawker Softball Centre to provide new heads and LED lighting suitable for international standard competitions events.
“In addition to ensuring that the facility is kept at a high standard, these upgraded lights will reduce maintenance costs for the facility.
“These upgrades recognise the importance of the Hawker Softball Centre as a key Australian competition venue for the sport.”
Softball Australia CEO David Pryles said ACT Labor’s promise is a great boost for the sport at a national level.
“This is great news for softball, with the Australian Institute of Sport also based in Canberra, the upgrade to Hawker’s facilities will no doubt benefit our High Performance program and various training camps held in the ACT,” said Pryles.
“It’s also a great recognition of the ACT State program who have had one of the most dominant Men’s teams in recent years.
“Softball Australia has committed to including the ACT in National Championships, and Labor’s funding of recreational facilities in the state is a great boost for future events.”