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Council puts the facts on the table regarding Boronia Basketball Stadium

Knox City Council has outlined current and estimated future expenditure on the Boronia Basketball Stadium at Monday night’s Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) meeting.

Councillors also used the meeting to refute the suggestion that Council had originally been ‘gifted’ the land upon which the stadium is located, or that the decommissioning of the stadium would result in a net loss of basketball courts.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr John Mortimore, said current and estimated expenditure on the Boronia Basketball Stadium would exceed $6.2 million over the next ten years.

“A lot has been said about the future of Boronia stadium, some of it accurate and a lot that’s not, however with the release of current and estimated future expenditure on the stadium we are laying to rest the idea that there’s a quick fix available to Council,” the Mayor said.

Historic expenditure on the Boronia Basketball Stadium is approximately:

  • $34,000 per annum on maintenance; and
  • $62,000 per annum on replacement works.

Based on the last condition audit of the stadium, the following expenditure on replacement works is forecast over the next 10 years:

  • $5.9 million

Therefore, over the next ten years, estimated expenditure on both maintenance and replacement works at the stadium:

  • $6.24 million

“The simple fact of the matter is that the stadium is now 40 years old and nearing the end of its natural lifespan,” the Mayor said.

“Having been built in the mid 1970’s, the stadium first showed signs of movement in 1997, when cracks appeared in a wall. Subsequent investigations revealed a number of structural defects and Council undertook remediation works in 2006.

“The stadium is situated in a naturally low-lying area and following a major storm event in February 2011, Council had to replace and/or repair all of the courts.

“Most recently, the stadium again showed signs of building movement in 2013 and further structural issues were found, precipitating Council’s review into the building’s future.”

The Mayor reiterated that, while Council has not made a final decision on the stadium’s future, the potential decommissioning of the Boronia stadium will not result in a net loss of basketball courts.

“Indeed, the opposite is true, with a total of 10 new courts proposed at the Knox Regional Sports Park, which represents an overall gain of four courts.”

The Mayor also revealed that a title search had confirmed that the land upon which the stadium is located was sold to the Shire of Ferntree Gully on 17 June 1925 for the sum of £619. The sale of the land was not made conditional on it being used for sporting or recreational purposes.

“That said, Council appreciates the significance of this site to the Boronia community and is committed to ensuring that residents can have their say on the site’s future through the Boronia Renewal Project.”

For more information, please visit knox.vic.gov.au/boroniarenewal or contract Strategic Planning on 9298 8000 or email psamendments@knox.vic.gov.au

Knox News - Media Release - MR2017-56.
Issued: Wednesday, 13 December 2017.

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