Building a Surf Coast sporting hub

Published: 10 Dec 2021

Wurdi Baierr Basketball Courts interior

With a booming population on the Surf Coast comes the need for bigger and better sporting facilities.

Enter the Wurdi Baierr Stadium.

Opened in Torquay in March 2021, the stadium is the largest capital works project undertaken by the Surf Coast Shire and was delivered in partnership with the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

It features four multi-purpose indoor courts suitable for use by a range of sports, including basketball, netball, futsal, badminton, volleyball, kinder gym and general school use as well as meeting rooms, a café and additional parking spaces.

The stadium is a game-changer for local sporting clubs and community groups that had previously relied on the existing one court Surf Coast Secondary College sports hall.

Built as an extension to that hall, the stadium is enabling organisations to grow, like the Surfcoast Basketball Association (SBA), and providing a central location for athletes and families, who no longer have to commute to Geelong or between facilities for games.

Wurdi Baeirr Basketball Stadium - Photo Credit: Surf Coast Shire

“It has enabled our players to transition into a facility that meets the demands of players across various levels, and it has allowed our Geelong-based athletes to come back and play locally,” says David Scott, President of the SBA.

“Not only that, it means that teams like our Surf Coast Chargers, who participate in competitions across the state can now be the proud host of games and invite other teams to the area.”

Scott is confident that the opening of the stadium marks a turning point for sports like basketball, which is enjoying healthy growth in the region.

“With the growing population, a brand-new facility and willing participants, it’s been a positive experience to start building the future of basketball down on the Surf Coast,” he says.

Wurdi Baierr: A big gathering place

Torquay sits on Wadawurrung land, and stadium’s name is an acknowledgement of this cultural heritage.

Wurdi Baierr is derived from the Wadawurrung words for “big gathering place”, and the name was provided by the Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.

A more fitting name could not have been found.

Aside from catering to a range of sports, the facility also boasts female-friendly change rooms and accessibility features designed to enable and enhance participation for all community members.

For community and sporting leaders like David Scott, promoting inclusivity is a key goal for the future of sport on the Surf Coast.

“We want to be catering for everyone, and the community is not just built on a single segment, it’s diverse. Each person provides something to our community, and we want to make sure that all are welcomed in our facility,” he says.

The Wurdi Baierr's lobby

A collaboration between partners

Delivery of the Wurdi Baierr Stadium was made possible by a commitment of $3 million through the Victorian Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund, in partnership with $5.5 million in funding from the Surf Coast Shire and $5 million from the Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

The Wurdi Baierr Stadium is now open for business.

Page last updated 24 Jun 2022
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