Local gymnasts have spent their school holidays excitedly moving into their purpose-built space at the newly refurbished Cameron Sporting Complex Stadium in Maffra.
The $9.5 million redevelopment of Cameron Sporting Complex began in October 2019 and is set to benefit local gymnasts with the recently completed extension of the floor area and gymnastics facility roof space for competition trampolining.
The project also includes development of two indoor multipurpose courts compliant for netball, basketball and volleyball; new changerooms; redeveloped amenities; storage areas; improved accessibility for all abilities; and permanent seating to allow for 1000 people.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Garry Stephens said he and the Maffra community were excited to see the final stages of the redevelopment taking shape.
“It’s fantastic to see the Maffra Gymnastic Club moving equipment in and setting up their newly redeveloped space which they’ve played a large part in designing and bringing to life,” he said.
“This project has been a huge effort not only on behalf of those physically constructing the facility, but by the user groups who have patiently and persistently adapted their programming to make way for the building works, ensuring that the facility remained open and used as much as possible while the redevelopment took place. This hard work and persistence is paying off, with construction work almost complete.
“We were incredibly lucky that while the Covid-19 pandemic shut much of Wellington down for a period, the building work was able to continue, which meant we’re still on track to open the stadium in June this year.”
The Cameron Sporting Complex redevelopment was funded with $5.25 million from Wellington Shire Council, a total of $4 million from the State Government including $3 million from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund and $1 million from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Community and Facility Fund, as well as $250,000 from the Maffra Basketball Association and Maffra Gymnastic Club. An official opening event and community celebration is being organised for June 2021.