News | 6 November 2019
The City of Stonnington was honoured to host the Honourable Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Dr Katie Allen MP, Federal Member for Higgins at our Orrong Romanis netball facility to announce $4m funding for additional indoor sporting courts in Stonnington.
Women and girls deserve modern, safe, welcoming and inclusive sporting facilities, and a new indoor facility in Stonnington is required to meet the needs of sports including netball and basketball, that are popular among women and girls.
There are two indoor courts available in Stonnington for community sport – one of which is undersized and non-compliant for competition standard netball. The Prahran Netball Association has no ability to grow or expand to offer more opportunities for women and girls to play netball.
Similarly, there is no organised basketball competition in Stonnington because of a lack of available courts. Participants, parents and family members have to travel across Melbourne to play or, worse, miss out.
More indoor courts in Stonnington is an important step towards improving equity of access to sporting facilities.
We thank Deputy Prime Minister McCormack and Dr Allen for their support, and also representatives from Basketball Victoria, Disability Sport and Recreation, Netball Victoria and Prahran Netball Association for joining us.
Learn more about our project to build additional indoor sports courts.
A media release issued by the Deputy Prime Minister is below:
Young athletes in the City of Stonnington will receive a brand new indoor sports stadium, with construction to start on the facility in mid 2020.
Federal Member for Higgins, Dr Katie Allen said the new facility would provide much-needed new netball and basketball courts.
“As a mum used to driving miles to drop off and pick up my kids from netball facilities outside of Stonnington, I know how important it is for our community to have quality sporting facilities around the corner,” Dr Allen said.
“The complex will also include two synthetic bowling greens, seven tennis courts, more than 200 underground parking spaces and a new building to accommodate office administration and local events.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Federal Government’s investment in sporting infrastructure was keeping communities healthy and active.
“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to investing in these sorts of projects which will encourage community participation, physical activity and teach skills that can be transitioned to everyday life,” Mr McCormack said.
City of Stonnington Mayor Steve Stefanopoulos said the new stadium would significantly boost the number of female participants in local sport.
“We look forward to working with the support of the Australian Government to build a facility that is inclusive, exciting and will be the crown jewel of Stonnington for years to come,” Cr Stefanopoulos said.
This project will be jointly funded with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government investing $4 million and the City of Stonnington Council $40,606,000 in the project.
Learn more about the announcement on the below social media from the event.