THE City of Stonnington has secured Federal Government funding with Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Member for Higgins Dr. Katie Allen making a $4 million funding announcement today.
The $4 million Federal funding will add to the City of Stonnington’s $26.7 million investment in the stadium as part of a $40.6 million Percy Treyvaud Memorial Park Project including redevelopments for other sporting facilities and creating underground parking at the park.
Melboune’s inner south east suburbs are home to over 60,000 basketball players and there is an identified shortage of indoor courts across the region to cater for the booming demand.
The Stonnington Indoor Sports Stadium, to be built in Malvern East, will provide the 4000-male and 2200-female basketball participants from the City of Stonnington area with a state-of-the-art four-court stadium that will mean residents can access quality courts locally instead of travelling outside the council boundaries for opportunities.
Basketball is one of the highest participation sports for females, so the use of this new facility by basketball and netball will provide opportunities to increase the number of girls playing sport.
Federal Member for Higgins, Dr Katie Allen said the new facility would provide much-needed new netball and basketball courts.
“As a mum used to driving miles to drop off and pick up my kids from netball facilities outside of Stonnington, I know how important it is for our community to have quality sporting facilities around the corner,” Dr Allen said.
“The complex will also include two synthetic bowling greens, seven tennis courts, more than 200 underground parking spaces and a new building to accommodate office administration and local events.”
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government’s investment in sporting infrastructure was keeping communities healthy and active.
“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to investing in these sorts of projects which will encourage community participation, physical activity and teach skills that can be transitioned to everyday life,” Mr McCormack said.
City of Stonnington Mayor Steve Stefanopoulos said the new stadium would significantly boost the number of female participants in local sport.
“We look forward to working with the support of the Australian Government to build a facility that is inclusive, exciting and will be the crown jewel of Stonnington for years to come,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the stadium is an important addition to the region’s sporting infrastructure and will provide Stonnington’s local residents and growing player base with a basketball home of their own.
“The Stonnington Indoor Sports Stadium represents a phenomenal opportunity for basketballers to play within their own council region and have a high-calibre local facility that meets their needs,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said. “With 6200 members participating in the sport that live in the Stonnington area, including 2200 female participants, this stadium represents an incredible opportunity to create more sporting opportunities and activity to the city.
“Investment of this level into indoor sports infrastructure is exceptional and I’d like to congratulate the City of Stonnington and the Morrison Government on helping to bring this facility to life.”