SOMERVILLE Recreation and Community Centre has been rebuilt bigger and better than ever after it was tragically destroyed by fire three years ago.
Together with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s commitment of $4.3 million in November 2017, the state government announced $1.3m funding contribution to help reconstruct the Somerville Recreation Centre commenced in February 2018 featuring:
- four multi-sport indoor courts
- female-friendly change rooms
- an umpire change room
- a first aid room
- tournament office
- storage and car parking.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula reopened the complex on Saturday.
“Somerville Recreation and Community Centre is a huge part of the Western Port community and I’m proud we’ve been able to play our part in this important rebuild,” Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula. “Local clubs are the breeding ground for our next generation of sporting champions and they deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.”
“This new complex not only replaces but enhances facilities for local clubs and will serve the growing community for years to come, enabling more people to get active and enjoy the sport they love.”
The stadium is home to the Western Port Basketball Association with more than 130 registered teams and nearly 2000 members across Big V, MUVJBL and domestic teams. The association is set to benefit dramatically from the expanded four-court facility.
Basketball Victoria Infrastructure and Government Relations Manager Mark Hubbard said the venue is a great relief and renewed opportunity for the Western Port Basketball Association.
Amazing to see Somerville Recreation Centre reopened today! @MartinPakulaMP and @MornPenShire mayor David Gill alongside Western Port president George Yerondais to celebrate the opening. pic.twitter.com/zaB4U6ZSRi
— Basketball Victoria (@Basketball_Vic) May 4, 2019
“It is great to see Western Port Basketball Association return home to an incredible new four-court facility,” Hubbard said. “It is a credit to everyone involved to make the decision to not just rebuild the stadium, but to expand it and double its capacity.
“Western Port and the entire Mornington Peninsula basketball community is booming currently, with stadia and school courts constantly in use, so this will definitely help ease some of the court allocation pressures in Somerville.
“We’d like to congratulate Western Port, the Victorian State Government and Mornington Peninsula Shire for their support of this project and making an incredible investment into the basketball community.”
The stadium has now been rebuilt with four indoor multi-sport courts doubling its capacity. It also features female friendly change rooms, an umpires change room, first aid room, tournament office, storage space and better accessible public facilities and parking.
The community centre has been repaired and upgraded and the expanded stadium will now give clubs improved access to court space and flexibility to schedule games and training.
The Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is a Labor Government initiative that helps deliver indoor multi-sport courts across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Since 2016 the fund has helped develop 10 stadiums across Victoria.