An artist's impression of the proposed beach volleyball facility at the Lyneham Sports Precinct. Photo: ACT Government
Get your sheepskin bikini ready, Canberra is about to get a $1 million beach volleyball facility.
The development application for the six-court complex has been lodged and it reveals a new seven-figure cost estimate.
A controversial decision by the ACT government to provide $500,000 toward the new facility over two years was reported in February.
At the time the total cost was estimated at $750,000 with Volleyball ACT chipping in $250,000 of that total.
However the ACT government has already spent a significant amount of money remediating the site. The cost of this preliminary work has been included in the development application.
All associated works such as landscaping have been estimated at $950,000 while public works and off site works come to another $50,000.
Beach volleyball is an unlikely fit for the Territory. Canberra has no beaches and temperatures are chilly for much of the year.
Minister for Sport and Recreation Andrew Barr has admitted beach volleyball wasn't strongly associated with the capital, but hoped the new facility could help change that.
Volleyball ACT chief executive Andrew Crozier could not be reached for comment before publication.
However Volleyball ACT has more than 3700 registered players and 1200 of them play beach volleyball.
Mr Crozier has previously said the new beach volleyball facility would lead to a doubling of participation numbers in five years.
Volleyball ACT will take out a loan for the majority of its $250,000 contribution toward the project.
Plans are in motion to christen the beach volleyball centre in January or February 2015.