High hopes for new stadium hoops have Cornish College vying for state and federal support to construct a four-court basketball complex.
The college, which has space for up to six courts at its campus in Riverend Rd, Bangholme, recently scratched plans for only three courts in favour of adding a fourth show court. It’s welcome news for the Chelsea and District Basketball Association, which has been appealing for a new facility.
Basketball Victoria has endorsed the project, revealing its desire to engage key government organisations. The general manager of business development and infrastructure, Stephen Walter, said: “Additional courts at Cornish will serve as a major boost for the local basketball community as Chelsea Basketball are experiencing significant court space constraints, along with management challenges from operating competitions across a number of satellite venues.”
Community campaigner Jane Agirtan said that with the federal election expected to be called soon, now was the “perfect time” to engage representatives to secure funding.
Cornish business manager Martin Massey said that after feasibility considerations, the model provided 100 per cent use, with multipurpose use outside school hours at the 700-student school. “We believe this would be a wonderful community asset that would benefit a wide cross-section of the local community, and we are now focusing on commencing engagement with stakeholders from all levels of government,” Mr Massey confirmed.
A State Government spokeswoman encouraged the college, in partnership with Greater Dandenong City Council, to develop a proposal for funding support.