The Moorabool Shire Council is going out for tender this week for construction of a multipurpose indoor stadium in Bacchus Marsh, as part of the Taverner St Sports Precinct development.
The project will include the development of four sports 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.
Mayor Cr Tom Sullivan is excited to have this multi-million-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,” he 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.”
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.
Wayne Slack, Bacchus Marsh Basketball Association (BMBA) President:
“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 (4) 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.
“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.”
Andrew Burr, Bacchus Marsh Netball Association:
“The association is excited to see the achievement of this key milestone for the new indoor stadium, especially during these challenging times and we look forward to construction starting as soon as possible.
“The new Bacchus Marsh indoor stadium will be a welcome addition to the sports facilities in the town and will contribute to the growth in our sport. Having access to a high-class stadium will enable us to attract more participants across all age groups and help showcase netball to the Bacchus Marsh community.”
Steve McGhie, State Member for Melton:
“The new indoor sports centre will cater for greater participation and provide state of the art facilities for kids to get involved in their local sporting teams.”
Michaela Settle, State Member for Buninyong:
“Our $1.9 million investment in Bacchus will help build a new four court indoor stadium for our region, keeping our community active and engaged in local sports.”