PROVIDING basketball opportunities for inner city players and families, the Andrews Labor Government gave the thumbs up to a much-needed piece of sporting infrastructure in Collingwood.
Securing an $8.3m new multisport stadium at Collingwood College, the Victorian Government
The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning and member for Richmond, visited Collingwood College on Saturday to announce the Andrews Labor Government’s fully-funded basketball development as part of the 2017 Victorian State Budget.
The development will see three indoor basketball courts built, including a show court with capacity for 250 spectators.
Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said inner-city Melbourne had seen a boom in basketball and this development will allow Collingwood Basketball Association to better cater for its burgeoning player-base.
“This development adds much needed infrastructure for Collingwood Basketball Association and the entire inner-city basketball community,” Honey said. “Collingwood Basketball Association’s growth has justified this development and it’s great to see the Victorian Government fully commit to funding to the new stadium.
“Based on basketball’s current growth and Victoria’s population boom, the Victorian basketball community will need another 191 courts across the state by the end of 2022.
“This shortfall requires players, parents and children to play at unsuitable times just to get on court and for facilities to be booked to capacity just to meet demand.
“Any basketball infrastructure development within our state that helps address this deficit is a great step forward.”
Collingwood Basketball Association president Caroline Dever said the Club was thrilled to have gained a new home for its 1200-plus players and it provides further opportunity to grow the game in the area.
“The club and Collingwood College have been campaigning for this development for over a decade,” Dever said. “This is a momentous day not just for the Club and Collingwood College, but more broadly for the local community, families and children.
“The Club wishes to particularly thank the Hon Richard Wynne who has been a strong, vocal supporter of this development, and been instrumental in securing full funding from the Andrews Labor Government.
“There are many people to thank – we have worked closely with Collingwood College, especially the Principal, Dale Perichon and School President, Cath Smith and Basketball Victoria, who have lobbied for this development. We have also received tremendous support from several parents, especially Sally Jeavons and the City of Yarra has also provided its support for the development.”