BIGGER and better – Somerville is set to receive a state-of-the-art four court stadium thanks to a $1.3m announcement by the Victorian state government.
The new four-court stadium will be built in Somerville, after the old recreation and community centre was tragically destroyed by fire last year.
Minister for Sport John Eren joined local clubs, sporting associations and representatives from the Mornington Peninsula Shire on site today (Tuesday 21 Novermber) to announce package to help rebuild and expand the stadium.
Last year’s fire devastated the sports-mad community, and the lack of indoor courts has taken its toll on all users of the former ‘Steelerdome’.
The united approach from surrounding associations like Mornington, Southern Peninsula and Frankston helped ease the pain of the stadium’s loss, but the need for the rebuild was evident from the day after the fire.
After months of consultation, plans to rebuild the stadium have now been finalised, and the Victorian Government is set to tip in the extra money necessary to expand the old two court facility.
The new stadium will feature four multi-sport indoor courts, female-friendly change rooms, an umpires change room, a first aid room, tournament office, as well as storage and car parking.
The redevelopment is a massive win for the Western Port Basketball Association, which is home to 130 teams and nearly 2000 members.
The stadium is also home to the Western Port Steelers representative teams through BIG V, Melbourne United Victorian Junior Basketball League (MUVJBL) and domestic competitions.
Basketball Victoria Facilities and Government Relations Manager Wayne Bird said the redevelopment will be an incredible asset to the Western Port basketball community and the entirety of the Mornington Peninsula.
“Were delighted to know that once again the Victorian state government is supportive of a project that has major relevance to the Mornington Peninsula sporting community and in particular Western Port Basketball Association,” Bird said. “A four-court facility will provide significant opportunities for the Western Port Basketball Association to expand its programs and deliver more basketball opportunities for members of the community.”
Western Port Basketball Association president George Yerondais said it was
The expanded facilities will give these players, groups and clubs more court space to attract more members and greater flexibility to schedule games.
The skate park will also be relocated so locals can continue to ride in a safe and challenging facility.
Construction is expected to start early next year and be complete before the end of 2018.
Minister for Sport John Eren said it was time to rebuild the Steelers’ home and give back to the hard-working individuals that kept the sporting community going after the fire.
“When tragedy struck, this proud sporting community came together – and they’ve stood tall every day since,” Minister for Sport John Eren said. “It’s time to build them a new home they can be proud of and that’s exactly what we’re doing.
“A bigger and better Somerville stadium will give local clubs a boost to grow their ranks, cement home ground advantage and kick start a new era of success.”