JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Sunday, 12 April 2015
The Australian Government will provide $15 million towards the construction of a replacement training and administration base for the Gold Coast Suns AFL Club at Metricon Stadium.
The Minister for Sport Sussan Ley joined the Member for Moncrieff Steven Ciobo to announce the funding at the Suns’ first home game of the season.
“The Suns are a key part of the Gold Coast sporting and cultural landscape and this facility will provide increased opportunities for the growth of the AFL in the region,” Ms Ley said.
“This redevelopment will also contribute important infrastructure for the staging of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.”
Parliamentary Secretary Steven Ciobo highlighted the growing strength of the Suns on the Gold Coast.
“This investment will ensure the Suns continue to have a viable long-term base on the Gold Coast,” Mr Ciobo said.
“A facility of this quality can only help on-field success and contribute to the Suns bright future.”
The total cost of the project is estimated at $22 million. The AFL and the Suns will jointly contribute $7 million.
In addition to the funding for the Metricon Stadium works, the Australian Government has provided $154 million to upgrade major sports infrastructure for the 2018 Commonwealth Games throughout Queensland.
This includes approximately half of the infrastructure investment in the $122 million Carrara Sports Precinct that includes stadium upgrades and new the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre that will be the centrepiece of the 2018 Games.
The Australian Government is investing more than $335 million in Australian sport in 2014-15, including direct funding to national sporting organisations such as the AFL to support participation at both grassroots and elite levels.