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Funding win for basketball transformation

Artists impression of State Basketball Centre exterior at Knox
Artists impression of State Basketball Centre exterior at Knox.
Artists impression - interior of the State Basketball Centre redevelopment
Artists impression of State Basketball Centre interior at Knox.

Basketballers of all levels will enjoy state of the art facilities right here in Knox, with $22 million in additional state government funding for the redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre.

The funding will further enhance the transformation of the State Basketball Centre, in a jointly funded project between Knox City Council and the Victorian Government totalling $130 million.

The project will deliver 10 new indoor community courts for local basketball competitions, landscaping, and new administration areas.

The upgrade will establish the State Basketball Centre as a leading facility for basketball in the country, meeting growing demand for the sport among local players as well as creating new and improved facilities for gymnastics.

Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Lisa Cooper said increasing opportunities for participation and bringing visitors into Knox to celebrate sport would have widespread benefits for the local community.

“Both basketball and gymnastics are experiencing significant growth here in Knox and around the local region,” said Cr Cooper.

“Growing the State Basketball Centre to meet this demand means local sportspeople of all ages, genders and abilities will have the chance to use professional facilities and experience the benefits of physical activity, team sport and the wonderful role modelling that can come from elite sporting heroes.”

“We are proud to see Knox maintain its reputation as the heartland of basketball in the country and provide more people with the opportunity to participate in their favourite sports.”

“We are very grateful to Premier Daniel Andrews, Deputy Premier James Merlino and the Victorian Government for supporting this project and our local and elite sportspeople.”

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cr Cooper said major construction projects also played a key role in community recovery.

“Our capital works program is a vital part of our strategy to stimulate the local economy and create jobs,” she said.

“Major projects like the State Basketball Centre redevelopment provide a great opportunity to keep local trades in business and skilled tradespeople in work.”

The additional funding brings the Victorian Government’s total contribution to $105 million, with $25 million to be provided by Council.

Issued: Friday 18 December 2020

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