PRECINCT PROMISE: The federal government has pledged $1 million for a new oval at West Tamar Community Precinct.A West Tamar Community Precinct project will benefit from $1 million of federal support should the Turnbull government be returned to power in July.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrived in Riverside on Friday to help announce the prospective funding, which would see a new multi-purposeoval shared between Launceston Christian School and West Tamar Council.

The new ground would be situated to the north of theRiverside Cricket Club and would be available to the public outside of school hours.

West Tamar Council mayor Christina Holmdahl said the collaborative project had been the result of the availability of schoolland and the council’s need for another sports ground.

“It’s a win-win for everybody because the school gets a much-needed ovaland most of the user groups that would use that oval would not do it in school hours, that’s the beauty of it,” Cr Holmdahl said.

“It’s going to be a very high quality oval so we see it gettinglots of use after school hours and at the weekends, and during school hours it would be exclusively the domain of the school.”

The precinctcurrently houses a number of sporting clubs including Launceston Football Club, Riverside Cricket Club and Riverside Olympic Soccer Club.

Cr Holmdahl said the oval would provide an important facility for community groups and could be available to the publicas early as this year.

“We were hoping that if all went to plan it would be ready for the next major sports season in the spring or summer.

“As Iunderstand it the process isthat once the ground is actually designed,there’s a lot of infrastructure that goes under theoval, and once all of that is in place and it’s levelledit takes some time to settle before it can be used.”

Cr Holmdahl said the precinct’s popularity within the Launceston sporting communitywould undoubtedly have helped securethe funding.

“The facilities that we’re establishing at the West Tamar Community Precinctare not just for our ratepayers, these are facilities that are used by sports clubs from the greater Launceston area.

“We are providing a regional facility and Ithink that was probably also recognised in the approval of the grant.”

Launceston Christian School could not be contacted for comment on Friday.

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