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Federal Minister tours COE

UPDATED 10 May, 2013 10:03AM AEDT | by Cricket Australia

Federal Minister for Sport Senator Kate Lundy, and Australian cricketers Pat Cummins, Alex Blackwell, Gurinder Sandhu, Peter Forrest, Ben Cutting and Jess Jonassen, today toured the construction site of Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.

They were shown around the Allan Border Field site by Centre of Excellence Manager Belinda Clark, Watpac Chairman Chris Freeman and Johnstaff Project Manager Scott Lardner.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Minister Kate Lundy and our wonderful Australian cricketers and Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars to today’s site tour,” said Belinda Clark.

We are excited about this redevelopment, and about the opportunity to develop the next generation of elite cricketers.”

“This project is the product of a multi-lateral partnership involving the Federal Government, the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council, Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket, project managers Johnstaff and builders Watpac. It is a testament to what can be achieved when we all work together.”

Construction of the $29 million redevelopment is well underway, with the project due to be completed in October.

Federal Minister for Sport Senator Kate Lundy appreciated the opportunity to tour the construction site.

“This will be a fantastic home for high performance cricket for not only our elite players but also those developing through Cricket Australia pathways,” said Senator Lundy.

The Government is a proud supporter of the Centre contributing $17.5 million towards its development.”

“It was wonderful to tour the site today with Southern Stars Alex Blackwell and Jess Jonassen as well as Australian cricketers Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu, Peter Forrest and Ben Cutting.”

Australian young gun and AIS scholar Pat Cummins talked about the opportunities the new centre will create for emerging stars of the game.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for opportunities to develop that have been provided by my club, State and CA programs. The Centre of Excellence is a great home for CA’s high performance programs, and I can only imagine what these new state-of-the-art facilities add to the existing facilities to assist develop emerging players and prepare Australian Teams,” Cummins said.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 10 May, 2013 10:00AM AEDT

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