The Kilburn and Blair Athol communities will benefit from a massive boost to vital local facilities, with a Shorten Labor Government committing today to invest in the Kilburn Community Sporting Complex and the Blair Athol Community Futsal Project.

Member for Adelaide Kate Ellis said that Labor’s commitment would see improved recreational facilities for the entire district.

“A Shorten Labor Government will contribute $1.5 million to help deliver the Kilburn Sporting Complex and up to $200,000 for the Blair Athol Reserve Futsal Project,” Ms Ellis said.

“This will result in a revitalisation of the former Kilburn Primary School site and ensure that the project doesn’t just create a much needed permanent home for the West Adelaide Hellas Soccer Club – but that there are also facilities for wider community use and a home for local community teams.

“The disused netball courts at Blair Athol Reserve will also be upgraded to create three multi-purpose futsal pitches to support local community clubs.

“Constituents have told me they are concerned about the lack of local facilities, and I’m excited to be able to announce this commitment to improving sporting infrastructure and community facilities in Kilburn and Blair Athol.

“I know how passionate locals are about making sure Kilburn and Blair Athol have great facilities and great opportunities for young people.

“With the extra funding commitment by Labor, local communities will be able to use the facilities to their full advantage. Whether it is soccer, futsal or any popular sport, providing facilities creates a great environment for young people and their families to join a welcoming community with a shared interest,” Ms Ellis said.

This investment is in addition to commitments made by the State Government and means the Kilburn Community Sporting Complex can be delivered on time and in full including:

  • A community centre, a grandstand, two soccer pitches, light towers and car parking.
  • Ensuring the entire project is delivered quickly, including two artificial pitches to maximise year-round community usage.
  • A permanent home for the Ghan United Soccer Club.

The Blair Athol Community Futsal Project is in addition to commitments made by the Port Adelaide Enfield Council and will include:

  • Re-surfacing unused netball courts to create three multi-purpose futsal pitches.
  • Upgraded lighting.
  • Refurbishment of the former netball clubhouse.
  • A new shelter, BBQ and picnic area.