Feb 21, 2010

The lights come on at Bellerive Oval

The lights come on at Bellerive Oval

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 21 2010

Tonight’s Twenty/20 match between Australia and the West Indies was the first international cricket game to be played under Bellerive Oval’s recently installed lights, marking the start of a new era for this iconic ground.

Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett joined with Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, Australian Captain Ricky Ponting and Cricket Tasmania Chairman Tony Harrison to mark the occasion.

“Without these lights Bellerive Oval was in danger of simply slipping off the international cricket stage,” Mr Bartlett said.

“The four new 56 metre high light towers mean night games of Aussie Rules and cricket at Bellerive Oval can now become regular fixtures on Australia’s sporting calendar. This is a great outcome for local fans.

“It has also provided an important injection of money into the local economy, helping to keep the order books of Tasmanian companies moving and underpinning the jobs of Tasmanians.”

The installation of the towers was a jointly funded project, with the Tasmanian Government having contributed $2.85 million, the Federal Government $2 million and the Tasmanian Cricket Association $100,000.

Mr Albanese said the source of the Federal funding was the Rudd Labor Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, a key element of the Economic Stimulus Plan.

“This project is a great example of our economic stimulus money at work supporting local jobs during the height of the global recession while at the same time leaving a lasting legacy for the community,” said Mr Albanese.

“All up, some 50 jobs were supported during the installation of the lights, with new ongoing jobs likely now that there’s the possibility of more world class events being held at the Oval.

“In partnership with the State Government, the Clarence City Council, Tasmanian Cricket Association and the local community, we have delivered a piece of infrastructure that will support the growth of sport in Tasmania.”