More children in Collingwood will be able to get involved in basketball thanks to an exciting partnership between the Andrews Labor Government and the National Basketball League.
As part of the $70 million Big Housing Build project that will provide new social and affordable housing in Collingwood, a new full lot and an additional half lot will be installed at Harmsworth Reserve, replacing the existing concrete lot, which is in bad condition .
The new courts, which should be ready for use in August, will be constructed using high-performance interlocking tiles, which provide better shock absorption and noise reduction.
The $120,000 project is jointly funded by Homes Victoria, the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, the Community Support Fund and the NBL.
Additional lighting, seating and a storage area will also be installed at the reserve as part of the project. Yarra Town Council has also offered a free ‘smart bench’ to be installed next to the basketball courts, which will provide free publicly available Wi-Fi and wireless phone charging.
The project is part of a major revitalization of the Wellington Street social housing site in Collingwood. As part of the major $5.3 billion housing project, the Victorian government is building 152 new homes on the site. There will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes, with both social housing and affordable housing.
The project will provide homes for over 300 Victorians for whom stable accommodation would otherwise be out of reach, while creating hundreds of local jobs.
The project will create a well-connected and welcoming neighborhood with open spaces. In addition to basketball courts, plans include an expanded communal garden, an expanded futsal court and a natural playground.
As Housing Minister Richard Wynne said
“The work we have planned for this site will help create a more vibrant neighborhood, strengthen community ties and providing social and affordable housing to those who need it most.
“This project provides the green space and facilities like new basketball courts that residents have told us they want for their community.”
As Community Sports Minister Ros Spence said
“The demand for basketball courts in Victoria is growing rapidly and these courts will provide more opportunities for players and local residents to access a high quality basketball court.”
As National Basketball League Commissioner Jeremy Loeliger said
“Basketball courts are such a great use of public space that the LNB is very proud to work with Homes Victoria to bring new courts to a community that loves basketball.”