THE number of people using the Queens Domain facilities in Hobart is expected to increase thanks to a major upgrade.
The Tasmanian Government will provide an $80,000 grant to the Hobart City Council to help fund a new multi-purpose sporting pavilion on the Domain, which will be designed to accommodate up to 10,500 players and patrons.
The new development will contain toilets, change rooms, a kiosk, meeting and function spaces, storage areas, a scorer’s box and a covered deck area.
Speaker of Tasmania’s House of Assembly and Liberal Member for Denison Elise Archer made the announcement with Hobart City Council Lord Mayor Damon Thomas and chairman of the council’s Parks and Customer Services Committee Jeff Briscoe at Soldiers Memorial Oval in August.
Representatives from users of the precinct, including the Hobart Canine Obedience Club, Cricket Tasmania and the Central Region Junior Soccer Association, were also in attendance.
“This is an exciting project that will create a community hub to better service the needs of Hobart’s sporting, recreational and community groups, and the Tasmanian Government is pleased to contribute through Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s 2014 Major Grants Program,” Ms Archer said.
“The amenities that service users of both the Soldiers Memorial Oval and Crossroads Oval have been well loved over the years but are now very tired and need to be replaced.”
The pavilion is part of the second stage of the Hobart City Council’s planned improvements to the Queens Domain.
Other projects include the restoration of the Soldiers Memorial Avenue with the reinstatement of the final six trees around the oval, which is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 ANZAC centenary.
The $80,000 Sport and Recreation Tasmania grant is in addition to the $44,000 the Hobart Canine Obedience Club was successful in obtaining through the Tasmanian Community Fund.
Applications for the next round of the Major Grants Program close on 4 February 2015.