Published: 18 Oct 2021
The northern suburbs will soon be home to a booming female friendly indoor basketball hub as Mill Park Stadium is transformed into an inclusive and accessible sporting precinct to be utilised by the entire community.
Work has begun on the upgrade, made possible by a $1 million investment from the government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program.
With more than 4,400 members, Mill Park Stadium is home to the popular Whittlesea City Basketball Association as well as local netball and other indoor sports.
The ageing stadium infrastructure has been coming up short, especially when it comes to catering for the increasing numbers of women and girls signing up to play at the stadium.
The Mill Park Stadium redevelopment will include new home and away female friendly change rooms, accessible family change areas, new large multipurpose meeting and function area with views to the show court, revamped front reception, office space, kitchen and canteen facilities, larger offices, first aid and storage spaces.
A number of sustainable improvements will be made including upgrades to the heating and cooling, as well as introducing water-saving measures.
Once complete the redeveloped stadium will provide the perfect venue for local basketball to host more teams and competitions and expand on local development and pathway programs.
This project is one of 27 to benefit from a share of $68 million from the first round of the Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program with the government injecting a further $110 million into the program in the 2021-22 budget.
This investment recognises the overwhelming demand for shovel-ready community sports infrastructure across Victoria and is part of the Victorian Government’s $2.7 billion Building Works package creating jobs and kick-starting community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state.
The program is part of the more than $1 billion government investment in community sport and recreation infrastructure since 2014.
This investment is also improving the health, wellbeing, social and economic outcomes for Victorian communities.
The project has received significant support from Whittlesea City Council which has made a commitment and financial contribution to the project to support the Whittlesea City Basketball Association to grow the number of people in Mill Park and wider northern suburbs getting involved in local sport and recreation.