There's been confusion and conjecture in the past 14 months but the Dubbo sporting hub is moving forward following an announcement from the NSW government on Wednesday.
Initially announced in September of 2018, the sporting precinct to be built at the Charles Sturt University campus was tipped to put Dubbo on the sporting map globally.
But things have stalled since then with funding for the state-of-the-art facility one of the main reasons.
Deputy Premier John Barilaro joined Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders in Dubbo on Wednesday to allay fears and ensure stage one of the facility is a reality.
The latest $10 million in funding is on top of the initial $9.3 million from the NSW government as well as $4 million in state funding to the NSW PCYC for their component of the project.
"This sports hub, this precinct, will be a goer in the very near future. Shovels will be in the ground," Mr Saunders said.
"After being elected back in March one of my main priorities has been to get the committee group back together and find a way forward for the indoor basketball stadiums, the PCYC, and the future of the Western Region Institute of Sport.
"There's obviously still design work to be done and there has been concerns around how things would move forward but today cements that future with the extra $10 million in funding."
This sports hub, this precinct, will be a goer in the very near future.Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders
The $10 million comes from the state government's Drought Stimulus Package, designed to provide work for tradespeople, deliver improved amenities, and inject dollars into drought-affected towns.
"It's an exciting day for sport and, more importantly, in times of drought we know the economy is slowing and this will support local jobs, local businesses and create more employment," Mr Barilaro added.
"Now let's get on with it and deliver what this community deserves."
Representatives from Dubbo Basketball Association (DBA) were on hand for the announcement and were thrilled by the news after months of waiting.
"We were very excited about 14 months ago when we were on the grounds of CSU but then it all went quiet and we did get disheartened, especially for our kids and community," DBA's Claire Hargreaves said.
"We are so excited for our children and we couldn't be happier, not just for our kids and Dubbo, but for the wider area."
Mr Saunders, who admitted it's been frustrating at times since the initial announcement, stated work on stage one could "realistically" start as early as the start of next year but a number of processes still need to be followed.
Stage one will use up the total $23.3 million in funding and will consist of the indoor sports stadium with basketball courts, the new PCYC centre, and outdoor components.
The indoor stadium will be able to host local, regional, and national sporting matches and competitions with conversations around events like an NBL pre-season game already being had.
"The first part is to make sure we get the indoor stadium right and that's what I'll be focusing on," Mr Saunders said.
"But I've already been speaking to other sporting groups, like tennis, around what the expectation is for their future.
"All football codes, particularly rugby league and rugby union, will be interested in being there and probably other sports as well."
After talking with Parkes MP Mark Coulton, Mr Saunders added he is hopeful of further federal government funding, something the project initially missed out on, but an application will have to be lodged.
Further funding from the state government in the future is also possible to help with stage two of the project.
"This will, importantly, form part of our sport, education, and wellness precinct which council has already had a master plan around," Mr Saunders said.
"This fits into one of the fastest growing areas of our city and this is where future growth is going to happen.
"Obviously the importance now is to show or community and our sporting organisations that this is a project which is on the move.
"It's not being held up by anything anymore, we still need to go through council processes as well, but as soon as this can be happening it will be happening."