Home to over 30 clubs and 6000+ registered participants, the Altona Sports Centre is Hobson’s Bay’s netball and basketball hub. Located within HD Graham Reserve, Altona Meadows, the Sports Centre was initially constructed in 1992 and extended in 2008. It currently has 6 indoor basketball/netball courts, 2 outdoor netball courts in addition to amenities, meetings rooms, kiosk and nearby parking.
Work will now commence on the preparation of a detailed design for a four court extension of the Altona Sports Centre after Hobsons Bay City Council approved the design and development process on Tuesday night.
Mayor of Hobsons Bay Councillor Angela Altair said Council would also apply to the State Government’s Better Indoor Stadium Fund for $3 million towards the estimated $18.5 million project.
“A feasibility study on the Altona Sports Centre has found that the popular sporting facility is in need of four additional courts to cater for current and future demand,” said Cr Altair.
“Despite an extension in 2008 which saw the facility grow from a four court stadium to six indoor basketball/netball courts and two lit outdoor netball courts, the centre is operating at capacity during peak times, resulting in 70-80 byes per week and significant scheduling issues.
“We know the centre is not only used by Hobsons Bay residents but people from neighbouring municipalities and beyond. The results from the feasibility study and population analysis only confirm what we already know – more sport and recreation facilities are needed to cater for our community.”
The Mayor said ideas for the extension include: four new indoor courts, including a ‘show court’ with retractable seating that can accommodate up to 1000 spectators; additional and expanded amenities for users and participants; increased public circulation areas incorporating a variety of seating which include direct views to the new courts; a new entrance and large foyer, combined with a café and seating; and additional car parking, including drop off zones and improved access for pedestrians and cyclists. The concept will also minimise any impact on neighbouring HD Graham Reserve.
“It is hoped that these changes will mean the facility is used to its full potential and can serve our community’s recreation needs now and into the future,” said Cr Altair.
“Sport and recreation is vital to the health and wellbeing of any community and Council is working to ensure that our residents have access to facilities that will be physically and socially beneficial.
“We will need help though and will be seeking support from state and federal governments as well as other funding streams to help get this project up and running.”
To support the State Government’s Better Indoor Stadium Fund application, Council must submit architectural plans as part of the process. If Council’s application is successful, work will need to begin within six months of the funding announcement. Designs will be drawn up over the next six months. Council will also be undertaking a funding strategy to identify additional funding opportunities.