Yarrawonga Multisport Stadium Project begins

Published on 31 August 2018

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A state of the art multisport stadium for Yarrawonga is one step closer with Moira Shire Council beginning a comprehensive feasibility study for the project.
Council allocated $120,000 in this year’s Capital Works Budget for planning and design, with the proposed multisport stadium to provide facilities for a number of school, community and sporting groups in Yarrawonga.
Mayor Libro Mustica said Council was working closely with stakeholder groups including the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association throughout the planning and design process which would see provision for future expansion to include additional court space.
“Historically, community access to indoor courts and stadiums in Yarrawonga has been limited to school halls at Yarrawonga College P-12 and the Sacred Heart College sites,” Cr Mustica said.
“The local stadiums were constructed primarily for education purposes – they are ageing facilities and do not comply with sporting competition requirements.
“The isolated nature of these courts across Yarrawonga also limits the ability for community and sporting groups, in particular the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association, to conduct local competitions.”
Cr Mustica said the project to construct a multisport shared use indoor stadium closely aligned with a number of Council’s key strategic documents including the Council Plan and the Recreation Strategy as well as Basketball Victoria’s Facility Masterplan and Strategic Plan.
“Provision of high quality compliant indoor court space remains a gap across the college site and indeed the wider community and the opportunity to construct a shared use facility for the purpose of Yarrawonga College P-12, other local schools and key community and sporting groups is an obvious one to pursue,” he said. 
“A community forum as well as a comprehensive survey will be undertaken with residents and interested stakeholders in coming weeks as part of an ongoing community engagement process.”
Amanda Wheaton, President of the Yarrawonga Mulwala Basketball Association, said she looked forward to working with Moira Shire Council to move this project forward.
“We all recognise that our town is lacking in such a fundamental facility and we will be working hard to see that the project comes to fruition,” Ms Wheaton said. 
“Getting the feasibility study done is certainly a step in the right direction. 
“There are many more steps to come, but this is all positive news for our association and for our town in general.”