Feb 10, 2012

Australian Government scores a try for NRL

Anthony with Leichhardt Wanderers players at the new NRL Learning Centre

The opening of a new $20 million state-of-the-art Rugby League Central at NRL Headquarters in Sydney today will provide benefits for the local community including a learning centre which will be used by more than 5,000 children each year. 

The Gillard Labor Government has provided $11 million for the four-storey building at Moore Park with the centre bringing Rugby League together in the one place. 

It will be the new home of Rugby League in Australia as well as showcasing the important role Rugby League and its One Community programs play in helping people. 

Those programs include supporting women through the Harvey Norman Women in League program and promoting indigenous participation through the Living in Harmony program. 

The construction of Rugby League Central is good for the sport, the community and the economy – with more than 400 construction and design jobs created out of this project. 

The Australian Government is pleased to have made such an important contribution to both the history of the NRL and the community at large. 

Rugby League Central was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($11.4 million), National Rugby League Limited ($7.5 million) and the NSW government ($1.1 million).

 It’s an important milestone for the NRL because it will bring their various entities together to co-ordinate and efficiently administer this national game. 

The Australian Government’s Infrastructure Employment Program contributed $11 million to the construction of Rugby League Central.   

The Infrastructure Employment Program was created in 2009 in response to the Global Financial Crisis.  The focus of the IEP program is to build or refurbish community infrastructure or amenities.