A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will deliver $5 million to the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Basketball Association to upgrade Niels Hansen Basketball Stadium.
The current facility was built in 1979 and is no longer fit for purpose.
Under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government, two new indoor courts will be built to accommodate basketball and netball, taking the total to five. One of these will be a ‘show court’ with tiered seating for use by the Goldfields Giants, which competes in the State Basketball League (SBL).
The commitment will also ensure the existing facilities will be upgraded, including structural repairs and refurbishment of existing courts and upgrades to seating to increase capacity.
The existing change rooms will be demolished and replaced with six new rooms, including toilets and showers.
Other improvements include new public toilets, a referee room, a dedicated first aid room, canteen with servery and a bar, multiple meeting rooms, a large foyer that can be used as a function space, storage space and administration office space.
The current three court facility is used by more than 1400 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Basketball Association members, the Goldfields Giants and the WABL Division One teams, as well as netball training and overflow usage.
The facility is also hired by numerous community and sporting groups, including roller derby, indoor hockey, cheerleading and fitness training.
These upgrades will provide world-class facilities to service growing grassroots participation across the region.
The project will create around 26 jobs during construction, and an additional five local ongoing jobs once open.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
“This is a fantastic announcement for Kalgoorlie-Boulder and will ensure the Goldfields Giants and countless other local teams have a bright future ahead.
“The existing facilities at Niels Hansen Basketball Stadium have served the community well for the past 41 years, but clearly they no longer meet the needs of local basketball teams.
“Our $5 million commitment will deliver modern facilities for players and fans alike.
“We know community sport is part of the fabric of our communities, particularly in regional WA. This announcement is part of our plans to ensure we provide our communities with quality sporting facilities, no matter where they live.”
Comments attributed to WA Labor candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent:
“I’m proud to make this commitment to our community, following many months of consultation and work with the association.
“This commitment will ensure basketball can continue to grow in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“The Goldfields Giants and other teams are a huge part of our sporting community, and they deserve much more than the current 41 year-old facilities.
“Under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government, Niels Hansen Basketball Stadium will undergo major upgrades, ensuring the long term viability of local teams.”
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