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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Mowbray sport and rec hub a step closer

Launceston’s new $43.6 million northern suburbs community, sport and recreation centre is a step closer with the release of the main tender for construction of the facility.

Acting Minister for Sport and Recreation, Roger Jaensch said The Hub at 316-320 Invermay Road in Mowbray would help to address a critical shortage of indoor sporting facilities in Launceston.

“We have set a bold target of Tasmania becoming the healthiest state in Australia and we recognise this requires suitable infrastructure,” Minister Jaensch said.

“The Hub will provide a much-needed home for netball in the North, indoor multi-use court facilities and a range of other recreational infrastructure, helping to improve community health and wellbeing.

“Not only this, but The Hub will improve access to local community, sport and recreation infrastructure and programs in the northern suburbs while giving locals a safe place to meet.”

Infrastructure Tasmania is seeking tenders from suitably qualified construction contractors to build the new centre after the Development Application was approved by the City of Launceston in November 2023.

Minister Jaensch said The Hub would deliver Tasmania’s largest multi‑purpose indoor community sporting and recreation facility with a building area over 10,000 square meters.

“The Hub’s design has been guided by several key principles including well-being, security and safety,” he said.

“The design includes accessible and DDA compliant amenities, including accessible changerooms as well as more traditional options.

“Green energy initiatives will also be built into the centre including a 90kw solar system with battery storage, charging locations for electric vehicles, e-bikes and e-scooters, and several derelict buildings will be rejuvenated and repurposed.

The tender was formally released on Saturday and will close on 1 March 2024. The Hub is expected to open in late 2025.

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