“1 Territory is proud to announce that, under a 1 Territory government, Alice Springs would become the Epicentre of Sports Excellence in the Northern Territory, Australia and quite possibly the world.”   President Braedon Earley said today.

He and Vice-President Sue Fraser-Adams are visiting Centralians this weekend.

“ The economic future of Alice Springs hinges on ramping up its natural advantages of superb climate, spectacular scenery and environment and wonderful Territory hospitality” he said.

In addition, with its elevation of about 580 metres above sea level, Alice Springs would be one of the highest places in Australia to train and prepare athletes and machines for national and international competition.

“The sports would involve athletics, water sports, motor sports, bike sports, aviation sports such as gliding – the list is huge” Braedon said.

“The economic multipliers for local businesses plus the opportunities for local and Territory sports men and women are enormous. The return on investment would far exceed the benefits of sponsoring a  Rugby League club based in another state or supporting Ministers on overseas junkets.”

“ One important aspect of achieving the highest utilization of facilities and getting the highest rate of return is employing the principles of multi- use at the design stage” he said.

“The cost of facilities construction, both new and upgrades, is in the order of up to $300 million over 15 years. The end cost would depend on the buy-in by national and international sporting bodies as well as commitment by the local, Territory and Australian governments. It is entirely achievable – it just requires focus,  determination  and leadership by a Territory Government.”

“The Territory Labor Government must start immediately to seek the support of all sporting groups, governments and locals and make this project happen” he said.

1 Territory believes it is time for broad visionary planning, leadership and execution of projects  to achieve the full potential of Alice Springs and indeed, the whole Territory.