Prime Minister Scott Morrison, along with Cricket Australia (CA) and Queensland Cricket, announced a $7 Million contribution from the Federal Government to the National Cricket Campus project.
The project is hoping to 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 on Shaw Road as an additional preparation and community cricket hub for female and male elite, youth and club cricketers.
The development of the Campus is also aiming to provide a venue to host women’s internationals, state and national championships, first-class, domestic one-day, Rebel Women’s Big Bash League and Premier Cricket matches.
Cricket Australia CEO, Kevin Roberts, said the National Cricket Campus would allow Australian Cricket to accelerate the development of teams and players at many levels.
“The National Cricket Campus is a partnership involving all levels of cricket.
“Once completed, it will allow us to help Queensland cricket communities in very practical ways, as well as supporting the performance and development of various men’s and women’s national teams,” Mr Roberts said.
“It will enhance the preparation of our men’s and women’s national teams for next year’s ICC T20 World Cup and support the development of our national youth programs with the best possible facilities.
“National Indigenous and All-Abilities squads will also benefit from access to the same experiences as any of our national cricket teams.
“We are delighted the Federal Government is providing $7 million towards this project and thank the Prime Minister and his federal colleagues for their commitment to Australian cricket,” he said.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer, Max Walters, said the National Cricket Campus will provide Queensland the distinction of hosting the world’s best cricket training facility.
“The National Cricket Campus has the opportunity to reaffirm Brisbane and Queensland’s status as Australia’s premier cricket location.
“By creating a campus across Albion and Northern Suburbs at Kalinga, we are allowing more cricketers the opportunity to gain experience and enhance their skills using facilities that will be considered some of the best in the world,” Mr Walters said.
“Importantly, the redeveloped Allan Border Field will allow us to host more Sheffield Shield, JLT Cup, WBBL and Women’s International matches.
“By doing so we will ease the pressure on hosting matches at the Gabba and will give Brisbane a second marquee first-class cricket facility.
“We consider the Campus as having the potential to create a long-term legacy of success for cricket in Queensland and Australia,” he said.
The $7 Million funding announcement represents half the outstanding financial contribution required to the start the $18.3 million National Cricket Campus project.
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.