Tender for Australia's new Darwin Football Stadium

The government of Australia's tropical Northern Territory, one of the country's 'gateways' to Sourh East Asia, today advertised for the construction of the new Darwin Football Stadium at the Marrara Sporting Precinct. NT sport and recreation minister, Delia Lawrie, described the calling of tenders as a positive step forward towards the completion of a much anticipated election commitment.

"The tender for construction of the Darwin Football Stadium was called today for a total value of A$5.8 million and it is expected that a contract will be awarded by the end of April," she said. "I look forward to announcing the successful tenderer in the coming months and seeing heavy machinery move onto the site to start construction. Sport is an important part of our great lifestyle and we are proud to be delivering on this promise to the Territory football community."

Ms Lawrie said the contract includes two full sized international standard football (soccer) fields; grandstand building with seating capacity of up to 1000; change rooms and ablutions, first aid room, kiosk and referees room; flood lighting on main field; fencing, landscaping, paving and carparking;and access road.

"A$500,000 has already been spent on head works at the site, so the total value of this project is in fact A$6.3 million," said Ms Lawrie. The minister said construction should start by May and is scheduled to be completed by March 2007.

Further details from Office of Sport & Recreation (Tel: +61 (0)8 8982 2358; Fax: +61 (0)8 8982 2306; Email: sportandrec@nt.gov.au).