By TONY FOSTER
Mayor of Brighton
AS REPORTED in this issue of Brighton Community News, work on the new Brighton Regional Sports Centre is well advanced, with the project on track for completion by mid-May this year.
Driving through Pontville, you can see the building’s second storey taking shape with steelwork craned into place and framing now underway. Plasterers are on site, commencing working on the ground floor and the electricity upgrades will provide for the future needs of the entire site, well beyond the completion of this building.
Following the framing up the top floor the roof construction, the detailed fit-out will begin. Including the development of the function area, commercial kitchen and bar facilities.
Undoubtedly the project will create an amazing new focal point for the Brighton Municipality. It will certainly make our sports precinct the envy of other municipality and cater for a number of sports and local recreational activities.
It fits very neatly into our recently adopted 2050 Vision for our municipality and community, particularly the themes of a good life at every age and Brighton being a thriving place.
And while the Regional Sports Centre was planned and the funds sought well before our Vision was developed it says much about the foresight of Council and its officers, who saw the need for such a facility and have now brought it to fruition.
With our growing population and the importance of health and recreation to community wellbeing, the facility will bring huge advantages for the Brighton Municipality and the wider region.
It will create a revitalised multi-purpose facility to cater for the needs of local sports clubs and the community and will provide a significant economic boost for the Brighton municipality and surrounding regions.
The Federal Government contributed $6 million for this important community project, which will revitalise the precinct and modernise facilities. Brighton Council undertook the detailed planning and provide other financial and in-kind support to bring the sports centre to reality.
The development includes facilities such as a gymnasium, club rooms, meeting rooms, male and female change rooms, function space, dining and commercial kitchen, as well as landscaping and the upgrading of the parking area and driveways.
It will provide modern, upgraded facilities for the Brighton Football and Cricket Clubs, and the wider community. It has been designed to conform with the requirements of the AFL and Cricket Tasmania for top-level competition. As well as regular roster competitions for cricket and football, the ovals and training facilities have hosted Tasmanian Tigers and Hobart Hurricanes cricket practice matches and this will only expand in the future.
But perhaps most importantly, it will see the sports centre and associated ovals develop into a high-standard hub to cater for our region’s sport and recreation needs.
Significantly, with the work starting last year, the project has created valuable employment in the building and construction sector, and stimulation for our local economy. With the relief provided by Council and other local initiatives, this certainly played a role in alleviating the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brighton Municipality can now boast a high standard sport and recreation centre that will not only meet the needs of our community now, but well into the future.
It will provide the facilities necessary to encourage our sports men and women to continue to strive to do their best. I am sure it will strengthen our local sports clubs and result in more people engaging in health sport and recreation activity.
I commend all those involved in planning, funding and developing the Brighton Regional Sports Centre and look forward to seeing the project completed and open for the community in a few short months.