NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres was in Wagga on Tuesday run an eye over the finalised plans for the $7 million Australian Clay Target Association (ACTA) headquarters, which is set to double as the city’s first convention centre.
With the state government stumping up $5.5 million for the project more than six months ago and the other $1.5 million coming from the ACTA, work on the long-called for project will begin by the end of the month.
Mr Ayres said the facility, which is slated to host the 2018 World DTL Shooting Championships, would add “another string to the bow” of Wagga’s revered sporting reputation and provide the city’s shooting scene with a shot in the arm.
“You always want the best athletes in the country choosing to come and shoot here in Wagga,” he said.
“Wagga continues to deliver athletes who wear the green and gold and I’d love to see more people coming through this association.”
Mr Ayres said he expected the centre to attract more than just shooters to the city.
“This is the type of facility I think will attract other sports to Wagga too,” he said.
“Maybe not straight to this facility, but there’s the incentive of hosting their official events in this conference centre.”
The centre will be able to seat 1200 conference-goers.