7 August 2020

Snowsports training facility to be 'a game-changer'

| Kim Treasure
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An artist’s impression of the project. Image: Supplied.

A world-class training facility in the Snowy Mountains is one step closer to reality with the NSW Government lodging a development application for stage one of the National Snowsports Training Centre. If given the go-ahead, the Jindabyne development will give Australian winter sports athletes access to a dry slope airbag jump that is expected to attract athletes from across the globe.

With a price tag of $5.1 million, the initial phase of the project will comprise construction of the dry slope airbag jump and upgrades to the Jindabyne Sport and Recreation Centre.

NSW Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the National Snowsports Training Centre would cement Jindabyne’s status as Australia’s home for winter sport.

“This facility will put Jindabyne on the map internationally and make it the envy of the winter sports world,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Athletes from across the globe will come to Jindabyne to train at this world-class airbag training facility which will be operational year-round.

“This is good news for the Snowy Mountains after what’s been an extremely tough year. This project will bring huge sporting and economic benefits to the region through jobs, investment and tourism.”

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the dry slope airbag jump was a game-changer for Australian winter sports.

“This facility will eliminate the training difficulties around our shorter snow season and give Australian winter sport athletes an edge over the rest of the world,” Mr Lee said.

“I know snowsports are buzzing about this terrific investment for Jindabyne which will pump money into the local economy all year round.”

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Snow Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Kennedy welcomed news that the Development Application had been lodged.

“This is a significant step towards the establishment of a permanent base for snowsport in Australia,” Mr Kennedy said.

“This facility is critical to the sustained success of our athletes in an increasingly competitive international sporting environment.

“It will serve as a base for our high-performance programs and will also provide a focal point for pathway programs and broader winter sport community to come together.

“The National Snowsports Training Centre will have a profound impact on Australian athletes’ capacity to maintain and enhance their international competitiveness.”

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The Development Application is currently with Snowy Monaro Regional Council and will be on display for 14 days.

Stage one of the National Snowsports Training Centre is scheduled for completion in early 2021.

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