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Tenders welcomed for new DEC facility

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A local mayor is excited at the prospect of having a new $20 million indoor multi-sport facility in her municipality.

On Saturday, the state government announced tenders were being sought for the design and planning for the new facility, which will form part of the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Glenorchy, north of Hobart.

The centre will also house multi-use rooms for local sports and community activities, including 12 volleyball courts, 4 netball courts and 4 basketball courts, as well as a gymnastics stadium.

Mayor Kristie Johnston says the tender process is now underway.

"Certainly council is committed to progressing the process of the proposal moving forward, so now we're just working with state government and also the NBL around what the next steps are for this proposal, very exciting times," she said.

It's set to transform sport in the state.

"Council has made no qualms about the fact that we want this to be a significant regional facility for all of Tasmania, especially Southern Tasmania, and most importantly our community. The announcement that the tenders are now out for this fantastic community sporting facility is really pleasing to see this progress."

It's expected the facility will be up and running by 2022.


Image: Philplighton Architects.