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52 SPORT FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Natasha McCrae and Bethany Fry are among the netballers who will benefit from the government investment Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD NRL NT General Manager Nigel Roy insists the NT Governments decision to base rugby leagues new home at Warren Park, Marrara is the best outcome for the games stakeholders. Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss yesterday announced the investment of $25 million into a rectangu FROM BACK PAGE Minister for Tourism and Culture Lauren Moss said the Labor Government would work with Netball NT and Netball Australia to bring high-level matches to Darwin. I think thats absolutely an opportunity for us, Moss said. We will continue our discussions about how we can attract that top-quality content. Meanwhile, Haynes suggested her organisation was in talks with the Sunshine Coast Lightning on a partnership that would see matches from the new eight-team national league played in Darwin. In terms of the next level, we are working with Netball Queensland and Sunshine Coast Lightning on an alignment with that club, Haynes said. This would enable us to host a game to make sure it has the broadcastability to do that. Haynes said the fresh indoor courts would benefit junior Territory players immensely. Territory netballers are always on the back foot when we go to nationals, because our preparation is on a different surface to what we play at nationals, Hayne said. Im sure the girls who play outside on a Thursday night in the heat will appreciate the indoor game. You can go harder on the indoor surface, it is not very forgiving on the surface out here (bitumen), so the game is faster for sure; springboards allow you to play the game at a faster speed. Government provides shot in arm for NT netball lar stadium at the Marrara sporting precinct. The money would be brought forward from the 2021 budget, with construction to begin within the next 18 months. After years of deliberation as to where rugby leagues new stadium would be built, after the NRL NT abandoned the dilapidated Richardson Park in early 2014 after a 55-year association, the game finally re ceived closure as to where their future lay. Roy said the NRL NT was welcoming of the governments decision. This commitment will give us a springboard to increase participation locally, but also to develop the facilities to attract more local rugby league events such as the Australian Schoolboy Championships and Affiliated States Championships, Roy said. Despite the former CLP Governments commitment of $20 million to instead upgrade Richardson Park, as well as feelings from certain junior clubs that the Ludmilla venue was still the best option, Roy said it was about looking to the future. We support the great history of rugby league in the NT, but it is about looking forward it is about creating history every year, Roy said. Were respectful of our history, but we think the home of rugby league in the Marrara sporting precinct is a wonderful step moving forward. Moss was non-committal as to what the stadiums capacity would be and whether the venue would be suitable to host an NRL match. The Governments four-year, $4 million-dollar deal with the Parramatta Eels to play one home-and-away match per year in Darwin expires in 2017. At present the Parramatta Eels have been playing at TIO (Stadium). It is a discussion that we will have about how we can progressively develop Warren Park into the future, Moss said. We will review that (Parramatta deal) when the time comes, but I think we can all say that the Territory really turned out for those games. NRL NT boss backs move JACK HISLOP Bodies left hanging on funding SQUASH, table tennis and judo officials remain in limbo as they wait to find out if the Darwin Squash Centre will receive a $4.5 million facelift. The previous government trumpeted the funding splash before its election defeat in August, selling it as guaranteed money rather than a pre-election promise. But that was not the case, with the sporting bodies now nervously awaiting the Labor Governments decision. Making matters worse is Squash Australia announced in September in the wake of the funding announcement that Darwin would host next years Australian Open. Squash NT officials declined to comment yesterday, while Squash Australia chief executive Richard Vaughan said he was hopeful of a resoltuion in plenty of time, given the Australian Open was not until November 14 to 18, 2017. The showpiece of the upgrade would be a glass centre court. Table tennis and judo will move to the centre from their cramped Marrara base. Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss has met with the three sporting groups. 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