Construction has commenced on the $132 million redevelopment of the State Basketball Centre that will deliver 12 new community courts and upgraded facilities for basketballers and gymnasts of all levels and abilities.
The upgrade will establish the State Basketball Centre as a leading facility for basketball in the country, in a jointly funded project between Knox City Council and the Victorian Government.
In addition to the 12 new indoor courts for local basketball competitions, the project will deliver new gymnastics facilities, landscaping of an outdoor ‘town square,’ high-performance training facilities and administration areas to support sports organisations and clubs.
Knox City Council Mayor, Cr Lisa Cooper said the redevelopment will enhance the experience for the 2,000,000 people expected to visit the expanded centre each year and support growing demand for both basketball and gymnastics.
“We are thrilled to see construction on this important project get underway,” said Cr Cooper.
“The redevelopment will allow local sportspeople of all ages, genders and abilities 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.”
“Community activities play such an important role in bringing people together to build skills and share in mutual interests, which is critical to supporting our community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Increasing opportunities for local sportspeople to participate and bringing visitors into the area to watch elite sports in action will have wide reaching benefits across Knox.”
“We are very grateful to the Victorian Government for supporting this project and our local and elite sportspeople.”
Construction firm ADCO has been appointed to manage the redevelopment, which is scheduled to be completed by late 2023.