A major redevelopment of Cameron Sporting Complex in Maffra is on track for completion in April 2021, with local basketballers, netballers and volleyballers looking forward to testing out the new facilities when COVID-19 restrictions allow.
It follows the recent completion of Stage 1, with the major project milestone marking completion of two new basketball, netball and volleyball compliant indoor courts, new changerooms, new storerooms, refurbishment of the existing show court, development of new gymnastics extension areas as well as access ramps and footpaths.
The $8.49 million project is being funded by Wellington Shire Council, the Victorian Government through Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Latrobe Valley Authority, the Maffra Basketball Association and Maffra Gymnastic Club.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Alan Hall said at a time when local sports had been suspended due to Covid-19 health regulations, it was welcome news that this major project was still progressing.
“There will be many local kids and adults who will be excited to hear about the Stage 1 milestone and will be looking forward to hitting the new courts once these restrictions are relaxed,” he said.
“We can’t wait to see the three courts full of people playing their favourite sports and enjoying this new space.”
Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence MP said the project was providing a big boost for the Maffra community.
“This is a very exciting milestone in the redevelopment of Maffra’s Cameron Sports Stadium, supported by the Victorian Government,” she said.
“The project is on track for completion in April next year, with local contractors playing a big part in all aspects of the redevelopment – benefitting both local sporting groups and Gippsland businesses.”
Brooker Builders from Bairnsdale are the principal contractor and they have engaged 95% local subcontractors on the project. Local timbers were used in the construction of the new sports floors – this was milled in Bairnsdale from East Gippsland timbers.
Stage 2 of the project has now begun and involves the redevelopment of the existing Maffra Gymnastic Club area, including a roof extension to 12 metres to allow for competition trampolining.
The existing kiosk, amenities and administration areas, as well as the circulation spaces will also be redeveloped. External work including cladding, access roads, formalised parking and landscaping will also take place during Stage 2.
“Stage 2 is very much Maffra Gymnastic Club’s time to shine, with some very needed improvements taking place to ensure it continues to improve on its already impressive national reputation for excellence,” Cr Hall said.
“Council is very much looking forward to the project being complete and we can see how the redevelopment has improved access to sports and recreation to the people of Maffra and surrounding communities.”