Australian construction company ADCO started works on Victoria’s newest State Basketball Centre in 2021 with the next phase of construction now underway.
Over 1200 tonnes of structural steel, manufactured in Victoria, is currently being used for the installation of the builds steel skeleton frame.
Scheduled for completion in late 2023, the project will deliver new training and administration facilities for basketball, including WNBL and NBL teams, along with 12 new indoor community courts for local basketball competitions.
“Basketball is huge in Victoria, and we’re investing so more people can enjoy taking part in the sport they love, our top teams can train and be their best, and local sports have top class facilities,” says Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon.
The administration facilities will support a broad range of sports, local organisations and clubs. The project also includes the construction of a new gymnastics centre, food and beverage venues and a town square, while transport upgrades for the broader precinct will improve accessibility for the Knox Regional Sports Park.
Transforming construction hoarding around the site into storytelling of the land on which the State Basketball Centre is being built – proud Palawa woman and artist of the Mullum Mullum community Amanda Wright and Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place youth group, have created rich artworks that recognise their culture.
Also providing a boost for local employment, the project is supporting more than 500 jobs during construction and 100 new jobs once the centre is operational.
“When this project is finished it’s expected to attract up to two million people a year – that will provide a massive boost to our local economy and support a large number of indirect jobs,” says Member for Monbulk James Merlino.
This project is being built with a minimum of 90 per cent local materials, with 10 per cent of total estimated work hours being delivered by apprentices, trainees and cadets.