Plans are afoot to turn a basketball stadium in the Murraylands into a multi-purpose regional facility.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has met with the Murray Bridge Basketball Association and the Rural City of Murray Bridge to discuss plans for a new stadium facility in Murray Bridge East.
“It was great to get out and see first-hand the condition of the current facility. It’s really illustrated first-hand the need for an upgrade,” Mr Pasin said.
“Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the Murraylands region. The Murray Bridge Basketball Association currently has over 500 playing members and this is expected to grow with the region’s population growth – a new stadium will support and encourage this growth."
In 2020 Council completed a master plan to identify opportunities to maximise the use of the current sports stadium at the showgrounds.
The Plan identified the ageing condition, lack of amenity and longevity of the current facility as significantly limiting growth of basketball and other sports that use the facility, as it does not comply with Basketball SA standards for hosting higher level events and does not have facilities to encourage women to participate in sport.
Mr Pasin said he could make a strong case for Federal funding to help progress stage one of the project, which would include developing the main show court, change rooms, club rooms, office and reception areas.
Murray Bridge Basketball Association President James Vowles said the association was grateful for the support.
“We feel our community would benefit greatly from a Multi-Use facility and community space which can be used and enjoyed by all ages and abilities including children, families, youth , community groups, sporting associations and those with special needs.”
“We look forward to working with Mr Pasin in future procurement of funding for construction of a fit for purpose four court multi use stadium complex,” Mr Vowles said.
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