A THREE-COURT expansion to the existing stadium at Torquay was announced on Friday by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Sport John Eren, Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens at Surf Coast Secondary College for the announcement, which will be home to a new four court indoor basketball stadium thanks to a $3 million upgrade.
The centre is a busy sports hub for locals playing basketball, netball, soccer and badminton across the region – but growing demand is putting pressure on clubs and the facility.
The revamp is part of a $13.5 million project to deliver three new courts and a multi-purpose space to the existing Surf Coast Secondary College Indoor Stadium, which will boost access for the whole community.
With three new courts and a multipurpose space, the stadium will provide the entire Torquay community with additional space.
“I know the great people of Geelong and the Surf Coast love their sport – so whether you’re a fan, a player or both – this package of support will give local clubs and players the facilities they need to grow and prosper,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.
The Surfcoast Basketball Association was thrilled with the announcement, saying via their Facebook page that it was a boon for the region and its basketball-loving juniors.
“Basketball is one of the largest sporting groups on the Surfcoast with about 1000 players – from 7-year-olds to those aged 50-plus playing each week – we are a large community group that has up until now not had a home base,” Surfcoast Basketball Association said. “The new stadium will give us certainty over court space so we can continue to run Surfcoasters, expand the local competition and host basketballers from across the state via representative teams, tournaments and training camps – the on-spend will mean everyone in our community will benefit.
“We thank the State Government for providing these funds, and are very hopeful that the Shire will also be successful in achieving a Federal Government Better Regional Communities grant, which the Shire has applied for.
“Thanks too to the Surf Coast Shire Mayor David Bell and councillors Rose Hodge and Libby Coker, who came along today, as well as the rest of the Councillors – without your support, we wouldn’t be in this position.
“If we can achieve the Federal Government grant too, we can be certain that this stadium will be first class and contain everything we need – court space, change rooms, admin and meeting rooms and areas for our basketball community to come together.”
Basketball Victoria’s Facilities Management and Government Relations Manager Wayne Bird said the region will flourish with the additional resources and infrastructure from this significant announcement.
“Surf Coast Secondary College Indoor Stadium will be a magnificent venue for the entire basketball community,” “Our Facilities Master Plan – 2017 highlighted the rapid growth of the region and recommended immediate investment into Surf Coast Shire’s basketball infrastructure.
“This is a great outcome for Torquay and surrounding suburbs as it will nearly third the user-to-court ratio in the area from 14400 to 5760.
“That means more court-time for practice, training sessions and shortened schedules for fixtures across the week.
“Similar to recent and on-going developments at Ballarat, Colac and Bendigo, the new stadium shows there is a booming basketball population in regional Victoria and we’re working hard to meet this demand with new infrastructure.”
Picture courtesy of Surfcoast Basketball Club Facebook.