Once realised, the Campus will align the Bupa National Cricket Centre and Allan Border Field in Albion as a world-class playing and training venue, and Northern Suburbs Cricket Club in Kalinga as an additional preparation and community cricket hub for female and male elite, youth and club cricketers.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten visited the Australian Men’s ODI Squad at Allan Border Field today as the team prepares for the ICC World Cup. Mr. Shorten announced a $7 million commitment to the Campus, which is set to deliver Queensland and Brisbane the world’s best cricket training facility and a hub for community and women’s cricket.
Mr. Shorten said:
“From the backyard to the beach, from Junction Oval to the MCG, cricket is part of Australia’s national story.
“No matter your age, no matter your ability, cricket is the game of the Australian summer. This is why Labor is committed to ensuring we can support all our cricketers, at all levels and today’s announcement is a part of that support.”
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Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer Kevin Roberts said:
“Today’s announcement is further recognition of the importance of the National Cricket Campus. We are delighted to secure a commitment from Federal Labor to extend on this pioneering sport and learning facility, and we thank Opposition Leader Bill Shorten for his support.
“This is a project that will benefit all levels of Australian Cricket, from our junior teams and pathways to our national representatives.”
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said:
“Securing the support of both the Government and Opposition demonstrates the merit of this project.
“Once complete, the Campus will position Brisbane and Queensland’s as Australia’s premier cricket location. We are particularly excited to make the Campus Australia’s home of women’s cricket, and with that, ensuring a positive future for our game.”
Today’s announcement matches last month’s $7 million funding commitment from Prime Minister Scott Morrison towards the Campus, representing half the outstanding financial contribution required to the start the $18.3 million National Cricket Campus build.
Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have together committed $4.25 million towards the project, with ongoing discussions being held with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council for the remaining funding.