A safe, modern stadium that Collingwood’s grassroots basketballers can be proud of is a step closer.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced that Melbourne’s own Smith and Tracey Architects had been chosen to design the new centre being delivered by the Andrews Labor Government.

Smith and Tracey Architects was founded in 1948 and has a flagship reputation designing a long list of Victoria’s top education, recreation and community projects.

The Labor Government’s $8.3 million investment is creating three new courts to replace the cramped facilities kids are currently using. A community meeting space and administration facilities is also planned.

We know that there’s a chronic shortage of available court space, but we’re fixing that. The Labor Government’s investment will spell an end to nearly 1,000 players competing for space on the one ageing court.

The Collingwood Basketball Association is growing at rapid rates, attracting a 25 per cent increase on its membership in the last two years. The club is home to hundreds of South Sudanese refugee families who live in the nearby high rise flats.

The Association does a great job providing local kids a safe, welcoming space to blow off some steam and embrace a healthy and active lifestyle. The club employs a social worker to help kids through problems they may be having, and often covers the costs of uniforms and registration fees.

The new stadium will be built at Collingwood College and will be available for use by neighbouring schools.

It’s all part of our vision to see more Victorian kids fit, healthy and happy. We have set a goal of increasing the proportion of kids doing exercise five times a week by 20 per cent by 2025.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“The architects are locked away and we’re a step closer to giving Collingwood basketballers and their families a state-of-the-art home base they can be proud of.”

“The Collingwood Basketball Association is a treasured organisation that works wonders for the local community, but for too long they’ve had to contend with outdated facilities. We’re fixing that.”

“This isn’t just about providing the safe, modern facilities that young athletes deserve, it’s about encouraging them to reach their full potential.”

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