The Grant was awarded as part of the new $29.7mil Community Sport Infrastructure Grant program, issued through SportAus.
The Federal Minister for Sport, Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie visited Marrara Cricket Ground and was impressed with the facilities including the potential for it to be utilised by male and female cricketers at all levels. This funding is a significant investment in NT Cricket's $1.8mil Lighting Project which will see Marrara Cricket Ground able to host all levels of cricket, from junior to elite.
Lights at Marrara will future proof the sport in the Top End by catering for the needs of the local community across Darwin city, the northern suburbs and Palmerston region, following the recent decision by the Northern Territory Government and Darwin City Council to install lights at Gardens Oval, to complement the lights at Asbuild Oval in Palmerston.
Following the generous support of the Australian Government, NT Cricket will now work with other levels of government and Cricket Australia to identify opportunities to secure the remaining project funding.
Commenting on the announcement, NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said this was a landmark development for cricket in the north.
"The $500,000 grant from the Australian Government is a significant development for cricket in the north and I thank Minister McKenzie for her commitment to investing in the infrastructure required to support our local cricket community.
"Thanks to the Australian Government, NT Cricket is significantly closer to lighting up Marrara Cricket Ground and I look forward to working with other levels of government and Cricket Australia to secure the additional funding required.