Bacchus Marsh Basketball Association is set to have a new home with Moorabool Shire Council announcing the construction of a multipurpose indoor stadium in Bacchus Marsh, as part of the Taverner St Sports Precinct development.
The project will go to tender this week and construction will include the development of four indoor basketball courts, multipurpose meeting rooms, an administration office, toilets and change facilities (including accessible change), a cafeteria, car park and road entry, accessible shared pathways and landscaping.
Moorabool Shire Council Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan said it was exciting to have this multimillion dollar project at tender stage.
“We’re very excited to deliver this much-needed stadium, part of a much larger investment in sport and recreation in Moorabool to cater for our population growth,” Cr Sullivan said. “The stadium will have four indoor courts which is enough to meet our current shortfalls and will encourage participants from a variety of sports, including basketball, netball, volleyball and futsal (indoor soccer).
“Existing sports will be able to expand their competitions and more residents will be able to participate in sports locally rather than have to travel out of the Shire to play, which is really important to our community.”
Basketball Victoria’s General Manager – Member and Community Services David Huxtable said the investment from Moorabool Shire Council and the Victorian Government will help the association grow in years to come.
“Basketball Victoria would like to congratulate Moorabool Shire Council and the Victorian Government for this significant investment in Bacchus Marsh Basketball Association’s future, with this new four-court indoor stadium,” David said. “The association has seen significant growth over the last 10 years and has developed an incredible domestic competition and strong representative teams.
“BMBA will be able to grow bigger and stronger with this development and we’re excited to see another council put a significant investment in the health and social outcomes for the community.”
Bacchus Marsh Basketball Association president Wayne Slack said the development would enable the association to expand its inclusion and participation programs to better serve the local community.
“The BMBA Community is extremely excited about the opportunities that new state of the art facilities will bring for Basketball in our region, including the capacity to simply ensure more players can play in our many competitions, whilst also meeting the growing community needs that come with the general population growth expectations within the Moorabool Community.
“As an Association, we have grown well beyond the capacity available with the existing basketball facilities available to the BMBA, so we are excited that the new (four) court facility will enable increased volumes for training, playing and also representative basketball, whilst ensuring the very best in game day conditions for all senior and junior players, coaches and spectators alike,” Slack said.
“The BMBA Committee is heavily focused at present on increasing female participation, whilst also increasing overall accessible and inclusive basketball programs within the Bacchus Marsh region for everyone and we know that with this pending increase in court availability our Association members, our local Clubs and everybody else involved in Basketball, will see the growth in the numbers playing basketball which will in turn support the entire Bacchus Marsh community in general.
“Finally, and on behalf of all our members, we now look forward to the first dig at the site, to formally get it all happening.”
Moorabool Shire Council has set aside funding for the project in this year’s Budget, and the Victorian Government has contributed $1.9 million through the Local Sports Infrastructure Better Indoor Stadiums Grant Program.