Level Playing Field for George Town Sun 15 July 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Sport and Recreation George Town is a significant step closer to re-establishing a senior soccer team thanks to Tasmanian Government support for the redevelopment of the George Town Sports Complex. The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today announced a grant of $61,738 to George Town Council to upgrade the drainage and playing surface of the soccer fields. "The upgrades will remove a major obstacle to George Town achieving its goal of having a senior soccer team once more," Ms O'Byrne said. "The quality and safety of the surface will also allow junior teams to train and play matches without the disruption of water-logged fields or even flooding." Ms O'Byrne said junior soccer matches and training sessions are often cancelled when it rains and teams have to travel to Launceston to participate. "This has been a deterrent for re-establishing a senior team despite healthy numbers of junior participants," she said. Ms O'Byrne said the funding recognised the important role sporting clubs and associations play in building and strengthening regional communities such as George Town. "Investing in regional sport and recreation projects such as this benefits all Tasmanians. The sector employs 13,000 people and returns $4 in benefits to the State for every $1 we invest. "The upgrades will benefit other sporting clubs and recreational users such as Little Athletics, and are part of the George Town Sports Complex Development Plan to establish the site as a regional sporting and recreational facility." The Tasmanian Government funding of $61,738 has been provided through Sport and Recreation Tasmania's Major Grants Program.