Sports and recreational clubs in the Newcastle and Hunter region will benefit from a brand-new $25 million indoor sports stadium under a re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald today joined Liberal candidates for Lake Macquarie Lindsay Paterson and Charlestown Jenny Barrie, Greg Piper MP, Newcastle Basketball and basketball legend Terry Charlton to announce the commitment to build the new 10-court facility.

The 4000 seat multi-sport indoor facility will be built on land contributed by Lake Macquarie City Council and will cater primarily to Newcastle Basketball but will also accommodate netball, wheelchair sports, volleyball, school sport and futsal (indoor soccer).

The facility is expected to become the new home for a team in the Women’s National Basketball League, replacing the existing facility utilised by Newcastle Basketball in Broadmeadow which opened 50 years ago and is no longer fit-for-purpose.

“A re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will deliver Newcastle and the Hunter a first-class indoor sports stadium,” Mr MacDonald said.

“This new facility will become the home for Newcastle Basketball and support other indoor sport codes.”

“I acknowledge the strong and sustained advocacy by Greg Piper MP who recognises the value of a world class indoor sports facility for the region.”

“This will be a fantastic indoor sports stadium, not just for Lake Macquarie but for the whole Hunter Region,” Mr Piper said.

“I’ve had a number of meetings with the Premier and Scot MacDonald about this project and I’m very happy that they’ve listened and committed the funding. I also congratulate Neil Goffet and everyone at Newcastle Basketball for undertaking this project and seeing such great opportunity in Lake Macquarie.”

Liberal candidate for Charlestown Jenny Barrie said this investment was only possible because of the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.

“A re-elected NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will continue our strong record of investing in regional sport facilities, with this facility to become the latest example” Ms Barrie said.

Liberal candidate for Lake Macquarie Lindsay Paterson said a number of sporting stakeholders across Lake Macquarie and the Hunter would benefit from the upgrade.

“This facility will complement the recently announced second stage of the Speers Point Regional Football facility, ensuring the Lake Macquarie region can effectively cater for outdoor and indoor sports into the future,” Mr Paterson said.

“Our current facility is not fit for future development, so to have a commitment like this is amazing and we look forward to it being started as soon as possible,” Neil Goffet, General Manager of Newcastle Basketball said