Upgrade for Ballarat's Wendouree Sports and Events Centre31/03/2016
Ballarat's Wendouree Sports and Events Centre, a regional Victorian mecca for basketball, netball and events today received a boost with the Victorian Government investing $9 million.
At least 34 jobs will be created during construction, with another 10 jobs when the centre is fully operational.
Basketball and netball have strong participation rates in the Ballarat region, but future growth has been limited by the current stadium.
The expanded Wendouree Sports and Events Centre will boost indoor sport participation rates in Ballarat by 10 per cent and also lift the precinct’s capacity to attract visitors for competitions, tournaments and events to 138,000 visitors annually by its fifth year of operation.
It will include four extra courts for multi-sport use, a 1500 seat show court with capacity for later expansion to 3000 seats, multipurpose learning rooms and sports medicine facilities.
It will also boast a change room and toilets, a staff administration area, a café, new car and bicycle parking, landscaping and a bus drop-off area.
The Government is supporting the expansion project through the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund to ensure regional Victoria continues to be a great place to live, work, play and visit.
The City of Ballarat, which will contribute $5 million towards the project today announced that Victorian architects, Mantric Architecture, will oversee the project.
The Government is also providing $31.5 million towards the redevelopment of the Eureka precinct, which also includes upgrading Eureka Stadium, the revitalisation of the C.E. Brown Reserve and Ballarat Showgrounds.