Backed by a $14.8 million investment from the Victorian Government, the new precinct will feature an indoor multi-sports stadium with three competition courts, the show courts will be line marked for netball and basketball, while the stadium will also be able to host badminton and volleyball.
Adjacent to the stadium, a sports oval and pavilion with female friendly change rooms will be built to support the development of local football and cricket.
Once complete, the new sporting precinct will be a boost for local clubs and their players as well as community groups to meet and develop local programs.
The project is expected to create 68 full-time jobs during construction, and another 23 jobs once fully operational.
Feasibility studies have shown a growing need for new courts and sporting fields in the area with more families moving into New Gisborne and surrounding suburbs.
The Government’s investment in the precinct includes $11.6 million from the Local Sports Grants initiative and $3.2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund, with Macedon Ranges Shire Council contributing more than $10 million, Melbourne Water over $300,000 and the AFL $100,000.
Investments like these are all about creating jobs, stimulating local economies, and fast-tracking community recovery by improving the health, wellbeing, and social outcomes for Victorian communities.