Boosting sports and the arts for a lively, liveable Canberra

Canberrans love their local sporting organisations and local artists. The strong communities around our sporting clubs and creators are an important part of this city’s social fabric. Through the 2019-20 ACT Budget we’re supporting those communities by investing in the local infrastructure and facilities they need as they keep growing.

A new Home of Football at Throsby

Through this year’s Budget we will deliver the new Home of Football to meet the high demand for indoor and outdoor football facilities. The new high performance facility will include multiple outdoor football fields and indoor futsal courts.

Based in Throsby, the Home of Football will be available to the entire Canberra football community. Local residents will also be able to play at the sportsgrounds when they are not being used for formal games and training activities, delivering more green community space for Gungahlin.

New sports facilities for Molonglo

We are committed to keeping up with Canberra’s active community and meeting the sporting needs of the fastest growing areas in the ACT. This Budget includes funding to plan for a new district playing field at Stromlo Forest Park, the first for the Molonglo region.

Bringing elite sport to our major ovals

In partnership with Football Federation Australia, we will bring three elite games to GIO stadium, including matches featuring the Matildas and the Socceroos.

Manuka Oval will also host five group matches as part of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup during 2020. This will give young Canberrans the chance to see more women competing in top professional sport to boost participation in community sport.

Supporting safety in sport

We will continue our work to ensure combat sports are safe and controlled for both spectators and participants, following the passage of the Controlled Sports Act 2019.

We will work with industry to refine the regulations to see combat sports effectively regulated to ensure the safety and wellbeing of participants, and maintain the highest possible standards.

Investing in our arts

We will continue to invest in Canberra’s thriving performing arts sector in the 2019-20 ACT Budget, with upgrades to the Canberra Theatre Centre to improve safety and comfort for staff and visitors.

More than 280,000 people attended performances or other occasions at the Canberra Theatre in 2017-18, including nearly 15,000 students from 173 schools at 410 events, so we want to make sure the theatre and its staff can continue to be one of Canberra’s preeminent performance destinations.

We are also investing in a new cultural hub for Canberra, with the creation of the Kingston Arts Precinct. The precinct will add to the vibrancy of the Kingston Foreshore, with many of Canberra's leading visual arts organisations to be based there in facilities that are purpose-built for creating, exhibiting, teaching and running community events.

Our creative industries are a key source of Canberra’s vibrancy and one of our strong suits in attracting more people to visit this great city. So we are investing in a new hub to showcase our arts and cultural scene and make it more accessible.

Remembering our region’s history at Lanyon Homestead

Canberra’s historic places and buildings are an important part of our shared heritage. This Budget invests in preserving them for the future by delivering significant capital upgrades at the Lanyon Homestead, one of the ACT’s most significant historic places.

This investment will ensure Lanyon continues to be enjoyed by locals and tourists for many years to come and will include new water infrastructure, building stabilisation measures and upgrades to security infrastructure.

Through the 2019-20 ACT Budget, we are making sure investment in Canberra’s local sporting and arts facilities grows alongside the communities who value and use them.

Media contact: Kaarin Dynon     T (02) 6205 2775 M 0422 772 215