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Source: State of Tasmania Government

9 November 2020

Peter Gutwein, Premier

Jane Howlett, Minister for Sport and Recreation

The Tasmanian Government has completed the purchase of the DEC and adjoining land from the Glenorchy City Council, paving the way for this important development to progress to construction.

Premier Peter Gutwein said “I’m thrilled to be able to announce that we have reached the next major milestone in the DEC redevelopment.”

“Local firm VOS Construction is on-site from today to commence preliminary works on-site at the DEC, which are expected to be completed by Christmas.”

“This is just another demonstration of our Government’s commitment to boosting and supporting the creation of even more local jobs,” Premier Gutwein said.

Importantly, agreements with the LK Group to facilitate the redevelopment of the DEC and the future operation and management of the facility have also been finalised.

LK Group Chairman Larry Kestelman said “with this upgrade, the DEC will be transformed into a world class entertainment and events venue. We are excited to announce that one of Australia’s premier artists Guy Sebastian has been booked to perform at the newly renovated DEC on November 22 next year.”

“We look forward to welcoming concerts, conventions and other major sporting events, including the Tasmania JackJumpers, to the DEC and thank the Tasmanian Government and Glenorchy City Council for their support for this project which will boost jobs, tourism and economic activity for the state.”

Tasmania JackJumpers CEO Simon Brookhouse said “this is an exciting day for the NBL and major events here in Tasmania. With this renovation, the DEC will be transformed into a world class entertainment venue and we can’t wait to host the first game featuring the Tasmania JackJumpers next year.

“Over 2,200 foundation members have already signed up with the JackJumpers and we encourage all Tasmanians to sign up and join the march as we prepare to launch Tasmania’s new national sporting team.”

The purchase of the DEC and adjoining land also means the Government has secured the land required to deliver the four court community multisport facility which is expected to commence in mid 2021.

Minister for Sport and Recreation Jane Howlett said “Tenders for the design, planning and oversight of construction of the $20 million indoor multi-sport facility recently closed, with nine submissions received and currently being assessed.”

“The new facility will provide fit-for purpose, multi-use courts and sports facilities for a range of sports including futsal, netball, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics, and will meet the growing needs of the community and importantly encourage more Tasmanians to participate in sport,” Minister Howlett said.