In recent years, Basketball SA and our members, both together and individually, have been working long and hard to progress a number of important facility projects across the state, in both metropolitan areas and in regional South Australia.

A message from the Chair of Basketball South Australia, Mark Lampshire.

Hi everyone,

In recent years, Basketball SA and our members, both together and individually, have been working long and hard to progress a number of important facility projects across the state, in both metropolitan areas and in regional South Australia.

The planning, documentation, meetings and lobbying reflect a culmination of a lot of people’s work, and we recognise how imperative it is to widely communicate these project updates to our members to ensure the infrastructure needs of our sport are being addressed and to continue to drive improved facility development in the state.

As such, I am pleased to be providing an update on some of the positive behind the scenes work, good news stories and ongoing needs relating to indoor facilities across South Australia. Please treat this as a first major step by Basketball SA to improve our communication to our members and stakeholders on facility developments.

The following document provides a short summary of the current developments across South Australia, including:

· Updated Basketball SA Facilities Report
· Campbelltown Recreation Centre (5-courts)
· Copper Coast Sport and Leisure Centre to be built in 2016-17 (4-courts)
· Mt Barker Indoor Facility proposed to be built in 2017-18 (4-courts)
· Mitchell Park Sport and Community Centre secures Council funding of up to $9.875m (4-courts)
· St Clair Recreation Centre redevelopment receives $7.5m in state budget 2016-17 (5-courts)
· Ross Smith Indoor Sports Centre receives $4.6m funding in state budget 2016-17 (4-5 courts)

South Australian Facilities Report

In 2012 Basketball SA completed a state wide facilities report that provided a direction for Basketball SA in terms of its role in facility management and it also outlined a 20 year plan for facility projects, including priorities. This report was updated by the Basketball SA Facilities Committee over the past several months and a new report was developed to focus on the key priorities for the next 5 years. This report can be found on the Basketball SA website. Importantly, since work began to update the report, there have been very positive outcomes for a number of the priority facility projects.

Pasadena Sports Centre

There has been speculation for a period of time that Pasadena High School would close or merge with Unley High School and that this will potentially impact on the Pasadena Sports Centre. Basketball SA and Sturt Basketball Club have been working together to ensure that the future of this very important basketball stadium is secured; including:

· Writing to and meeting with Susan Close, Minister for Education
· Meetings with Senior staff at the Department for Education and Child Development (DECD)
· Writing to and meeting with Martin Hamilton-Smith Member for Waite to seek support
· Meeting with Office for Recreation and Sport to seek support
· Meeting with the Mayor and CEO Mitcham Council to outline concerns, seek support and offer an option through Council
· Meetings and ongoing dialogue with the School Principal Wendy House

Pasadena Sports Centre is home to over 2,000 basketball members, including Sturt BC, school teams, social teams, Intellectually Disabled basketball teams and is a facility that is at capacity. This facility must remain for basketball’s current needs, but importantly a footprint needs to be allocated for future expansion given the facility has a further life of 30 years. Basketball SA looks forward to continuing to work with Sturt BC to secure the facility and all of our members support may be called upon to ensure that the State Government will support the future of basketball at this site into the future.

Campbelltown Leisure Centre

It’s very exciting to see that the new Campbelltown Leisure Centre has just opened. This project has been in the works for many years and largely driven by the Norwood Basketball Club who thoroughly deserve securing a state of the art 5-court facility as their new home. The new centre will provide basketball an opportunity to flourish in the eastern suburbs and is the first major public indoor facility to be built in Adelaide for many years.

Copper Coast Sport and Leisure Centre

The District Council of Copper Coast had been developing plans to rebuild the one court sports centre at Kadina for a number of years and last year they secured the federal funding to support a redevelopment for a four court facility with pool and upgraded netball/tennis courts. The project commencing this year provides a great new regional facility to support basketball on the Yorke Peninsula, in particular the Yorke Valley Basketball Association who had a great deal of drive and input into the project. The District Council of Copper Coast are to be recognised for their support for sport and their investment into this project which showcases the extent of what can be built for the community with a budget around $10m-$12m. The new CCSLC comes on the back of the new Port Augusta Central Oval facility that opened in 2015 providing another great regional level indoor facility for basketball.

Mount Barker Indoor Facility

A project is developing in Mount Barker that will see a new four court indoor sports centre being built. The project will provide a great new facility for Adelaide Hills local and district club basketball. The current Recreation Centre provides two courts for basketball, but with Eastern Hills being one of the state’s largest associations, a larger facility was needed to cater for ongoing future growth in one of the state’s fastest growing regions.

Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre

For many years Basketball SA and South Adelaide BC have been working with the City of Marion to plan for a new facility to replace the ageing Marion Stadium. Plans to rebuild at the Marion Sports and Community Club were developed in recent years, but not seen as the best solution. Over the last year plans have developed to consolidate two Council sport projects and build a new 4-court indoor facility at Mitchell Park as part of a larger sports and community centre that will cater for basketball, netball, football, rugby and other community groups. On Tuesday 28 June the City of Marion approved funding of up to $9.875m towards the Mitchell Park project and will submit an application for a further $9.875m in federal funding to complete the project. Basketball SA and South Adelaide BC continue to work with Council staff to secure the best possible outcome for basketball in the facility.

St Clair Recreation Centre

Woodville District BC, Western Magic BC and Basketball SA have all been involved in regional infrastructure studies for the west; community reference groups; meetings with Council; and lobbying for a number of years to see the oldest indoor facility in SA redeveloped. It has been pleasing over the past 12-18 months to see the City of Charles Sturt commit to a complete redevelopment of the St Clair Recreation Centre including five new indoor courts (including show court). The Council has set aside almost $10m towards the project and recently secured $7.5m in the 2016-17 state budget. The western suburbs are forecast to be the strongest growing region in SA over the next 15 years, so Basketball SA is keen to see the 5 court facility built and is also focused on other opportunities in the area to support the growth of basketball across the western area.

Ross Smith Sport & Recreation Facility

The Hillcrest Stadium has been a priority to replace for a number of years with growing concerns over the condition, size, and amenities. There have been numerous plans over the years to replace Hillcrest including potentially moving to State Sports Park; Roma Mitchell Secondary School; Kings Baptist College and back in 2011-12 a potential opportunity for a new indoor facility at the former Ross Smith High School site. The Ross Smith project ebbed and flowed for a few years, but thankfully over the past year there has been some strong traction largely due to the drive and support from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield; Dana Wortley MP; and in conjunction with the Office for Recreation and Sport. The North Adelaide BC has done a great job connecting with the Council and local State MP, Dana Wortley; and BSA has worked with Council staff. The State Government recently announced a contribution of $4.6m towards the development of a new indoor facility at Ross Smith and Council is also allocating funding for the project. Appreciation needs to be extended to Council CEO Mark Withers; Mayor Gary Johansson; Councillors and staff; Dana Wortley MP; and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis for getting the project to this point. BSA and the North Adelaide BC look forward to working with Council on this exciting project.

Wayville

Basketball SA has identified the expansion of Wayville Sports Centre to possibly 6-7 courts as a great opportunity. Discussions have occurred with the Showgrounds in relation to developing a design project that would see Wayville become a major indoor facility for South Australia. Our intent will be to progress this project in the next year with the Showgrounds in consultation with Forestville Basketball Club. 

Summary

As is the case for most sports, it takes a lot of time and work to get a positive facility development result, especially for sports like basketball who predominantly play indoor and require facilities that cost millions of dollars to build. As such, there can be a lot of work being done for a long time without anyone necessarily seeing a result. The work generally required is to ensure that the Office for Recreation and Sport, Minister for Sport and Recreation, local Councils, State and Federal MP’s are all aware of the needs of the sport, so that plans and partnerships can be developed and funding allocated by multiple stakeholders, generally Council, State and Federal government.

There has been a very long drought in terms of investment into indoor facilities in South Australia and as the South Australian Facilities Report shows there is a significant amount of projects that have become high priorities due to age, risk and growing demand. Basketball SA is pleased to see that a number of key projects are now receiving support and if those projects listed above are all completed as expected in the next 2-3 years then this will mean at least another 13 quality indoor courts available to help grow basketball across the state. It will also mean that over a five year period from 2015 – 2019 there may be over $100m invested into indoor sport and recreation centres across South Australia.

Basketball SA acknowledges that there are plenty more facility projects that need to be addressed; and we will continue to drive those within the Facilities Report with our members and key stakeholders; as well as new opportunities as they arise. We will continue to include facility updates to our members through our new website and e-newsletter (to be launched July 2016); and social media channels. To read the updated Basketball SA Facilities Report, please visit click here.

Yours in basketball,

Mark Lampshire
Chair
Basketball South Australia

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