The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to commit funding to complete the planned expansion of the Wangaratta Sports and Aquatic Centre.
The Rural City of Wangaratta’s $10 million project will expand the capacity of the centre to improve customer and user experience as well as enhance the ability of the city to attract large scale sporting events.
The current basketball area of the centre is too small to host even the domestic competition and the expansion will increase the number of courts to five full size courts. The current gymnasium at the centre is at capacity, with insufficient space for current programs. The project will significantly increase gym membership and provide additional space for more programs.
The expansion will also see the redevelopment of the outside netball courts which are currently not competition sized and are unsafe for players and spectators.
During the adjournment debate in State Parliament directed to the Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence, Ms Lovell called the project a significant job creator, providing 20-30 full time local jobs during the construction phase as well as additional employment opportunities ongoing at the centre upon completion.
Ms Lovell said the completed expansion will have a significant impact on the local economy, with increased event hosting resulting in an increase of visitors to the region and assist its recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The current facilities at the Wangaratta Sports & Aquatic Centre no longer meet the needs of the local community and Council’s expansion project will address this as well as attract more events and more visitors to the region.
“A funding commitment of $10 million from the Andrews Labor Government will fully fund the project, providing jobs locally and delivering greatly improved facilities for the community.”