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Funding boost for popular basketball stadium

Funding boost for popular basketball stadium

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

A $1 million funding boost from the Victorian Government will fast-track the much-needed upgrade of Mill Park Basketball Stadium.

The $2.8 million redevelopment of this popular precinct will include new female and family change rooms, seating upgrades, accessible public toilets, a modern kitchen and fit-for purpose spaces to help the local association and clubs grow.

Chair, Panel of Administrators, Lydia Wilson welcomed the funding from the State Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.

“Redeveloping Mill Park Basketball Stadium was identified in our Netball and Basketball Strategy as essential to meet the growing needs of basketball over the next 20 years,” Ms Wilson said.

“This funding is great news for the Mill Park community and everyone that comes from far and wide to play at this much-loved facility.

“We look forward to seeing the transformation of Mill Park Basketball Stadium into an accessible and sustainable community hub; a place for all to participate and make important social connections that are evident through sport.”

Ms Wilson acknowledged the support of organisations such as the Whittlesea City Basketball Association, Sport Stadiums Victoria and Council’s project partner Basketball Victoria who have all contributed to making this project possible.

“This is a great investment by the State Government and the City of Whittlesea into the future of basketball across the City of Whittlesea,” Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said.

“The upgrade to Mill Park Stadium will provide the 5000-plus members of the Association a more accessible, inclusive and inviting home venue that will better service and represent the needs of the community.

“We are planning for a very bright and exciting future for basketball in this region, and this project is a crucial first step towards achieving our goals.”

The redevelopment will also include upgrades to heating and cooling, insulation, lighting and wateruse to ensure the facility is efficient now and into the future.

Construction is expected to start in 2021.

Mill Park Basketball Stadium is located at Redleap Reserve, Redleap Avenue, Mill Park.