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Basketball to benefit in Moira budget

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June 21, 2017

Basketball in Yarrawonga will benefit from a $20,000 funding contribution by Moira Shire Council to assist in scoping works for a new sports stadium.

President of the Yarrawonga Basketball Association Amanda Wheaton spoke at last month’s special meeting of council to hear budget submissions and asked for consideration to help with beginning the process of building a new stadium.

“The first step is getting a definitive master plan which includes a specific site for the stadium within the Victoria Park Precinct,” Amanda said.

“We are struggling for court space with the existing stadium, which is now non-compliant.

“The basketball association can’t attract people from out of town as our courts are not regulation size.

“The basketball numbers are capped at the moment, we can’t have any more players or games than we are already doing; we are gridlocked.”

Amanda said there were an amazing number of kids and adults playing basketball in Yarrawonga with a constant demand for more games and competitions.

“Council’s support for an update of the Victoria Park Precinct Master Plan to determine not only the site but also drainage and a traffic management plan will allow the association to apply for funding to construct a feasibility study for a new stadium,” she said.

“This will be a community facility with basketball being a major user however it would also be used for indoor training for sports including netball, soccer and football.

“It is a step by step process and now, with council’s support, we can get this process going and for our community, this is a big step forward.”

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