The Andrews Labor Government is giving the much-loved Collingwood All-Stars Basketball Club the state-of-the-art facilities that they deserve.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today unveiled architectural plans for the $8.3 million flagship facility, which will give the club a base they can be proud of.

The new facility will feature three full-sized and competition-standard basketball courts, two of which can be used for netball.

The Collingwood All-Stars are the heartbeat of the local community – and a vital place for hundreds of Sudanese refugee children to play sport, make friends and learn new skills.

But with 1,000 members, they’re getting bigger and bigger and rapidly outgrowing the current facilities. We’re fixing that.

The project will create new trees for Collingwood College, with five trees on the school grounds set to be removed, and replaced with 10 new trees.

Noise impacts on local residents will be kept to a minimum, with the refurbished building to absorb noise levels of up to 54 decibels – the same volume measured at a blockbuster Big V match.

The courts will be shared by the Collingwood Basketball Association and Collingwood College, whose students will use the facilities during school hours.

Construction is expected to begin in June and take 12 months.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“The Collingwood All Stars are the heart and soul of our community. It’s a place where children of all walks of life can get together and enjoy the benefits of grassroots sport.”

“The Collingwood Basketball Association is bursting at the seams and crying out for better facilities and more space. We’re fixing that.”

“This shared facility is great for the hundreds of kids who call the All-Stars home, and the boys and girls studying at Collingwood College.”


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