Plans for a new purpose-built basketball stadium to cater for rapidly expanding participation rates at the Collingwood Basketball Association are a step closer thanks to an Andrews Labor Government grant.

Acting Minister for Sport, Jenny Mikakos, and Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne, announced a $25,000 Labor Government grant for a feasibility study to assess the merits of a new facility at Collingwood College – and to explore how to best meet the needs of the local basketball community. The $25,000 investment will be matched by the Yarra City Council.

The Collingwood Basketball Association is home to more budding players than ever before but crammed facilities means it’s running competitions across six different school courts and even a hospital facility. It’s making it harder for the club to connect and build cohesion.

The Collingwood Basketball Association fields teams in the Victorian Junior Basketball League and the Melbourne Metropolitan Basketball League, increasing the need for facilities of a higher standard.

The Labor Government’s 2015-16 Victorian Budget includes $226 million to support community sports clubs and athletes of all abilities. We are building more female change rooms, installing life-saving defibrillators at grassroots clubs, and building 64 inner-city netball courts – where demand has outstripped supply.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond, Richard Wynne
“The Collingwood Basketball Association is getting bigger and bigger and it’s time it found a permanent home.”

“We want to help our local youngsters be the best they can be. Who knows, perhaps the next Lauren Jackson or Matthew Dellavedova will be discovered here.”

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Sport, Jenny Mikakos
“Basketball is growing in Melbourne’s inner north at record rates, so we’re getting on with the job of making sure nobody misses out on a game.”

“This feasibility study will explore whether or not Collingwood College is an appropriate location for a facility that will address the needs of the local basketball community.”

Contact: Electorate office of the Member for Richmond, (03) 9415 8901.