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Breaking ground - work on $16.5 million HE Parker sports complex begins

Published on 16 March 2018
  • Major projects

All three levels of Government have come together to celebrate the start of construction on the exciting new $16.5 million HE Parker multi-sports complex.

Mayor of Maroondah, Councillor Nora Lamont, was joined by Federal Member for Deakin Michael Sukkar and the Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane, on Thursday 15 March, for the official turning of the sod.

Cr Lamont said it was a proud moment to be able to turn the first sod on the multi-million-dollar regional complex, which once up and running, will serve as an all-weather training and competition hub for thousands of young sporting enthusiasts.

“One of the greatest honours you can have as a councillor, particularly as a mayor, is having the opportunity to be part of the creation of major projects that will continue to benefit our community for years to come,” Cr Lamont said.

“Today is the culmination of years of advocating on behalf of our community and the first step towards realising our shared vision of a safe, inclusive and fully accessible state-of-the-art facility, with room to grow and welcome more members than ever before,” she said.

“The $10 million committed by the Federal Government, together with the $3 million from Sport & Recreation Victoria, has allowed this project to become a reality.”

HE Parker Complex

With a total project cost of $16.5 million, the design of the multi-sports complex uses the existing footprint of the netball courts, located within the HE Parker sports precinct in Heathmont.

The HE Parker multi-sports complex is a much-needed new indoor and outdoor facility, primarily to enable indoor netball competition, as well as improved spectator facilities. The complex will also cater for volleyball, badminton, table tennis and wheelchair sports.

“In Melbourne’s eastern region alone there are about 200,000 registered netball players, who will now have access to the best competition facilities,” she said.

The complex will continue to be home to the Melbourne East Netball Association (MENA) and home of the Ariels, for training and competition as well as social activities.

The facility will also serve as the home to the Croydon & Districts Volleyball Association for formal training and competition. The venue will also be available to schools, and community and disability groups for use throughout the year.

“This fantastic facility will play host to a range of local, district and regional sporting groups and teams, but importantly, it will provide improved opportunities for our young people to participate in sport,” Cr Lamont added.

“We look forward to seeing it open for the community in 2019.”

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