Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron
New Centre Puts Bounce In Basketball’s Step
Victor P Taffa
Community and State level basketball in Western Australia will be the major beneficiaries of the new Western Australian Basketball Centre.
Western Australia Minister for Sport and Recreation Terry Waldron today officially opened the new multi-purpose facility and said it would serve WA basketball well into this century and provide an enormous benefit to sport in WA.
“This complex has been designed to cater for community, State and national level basketball competition – the eight courts, including the two show courts with seating for up to 2,000 spectators, will provide an enormous boost to the game.” Mr. Waldron said.
“Just as importantly, it has been designed as a multi-purpose sports complex and, while basketball will be its primary use, sports such as netball, volleyball, badminton and other indoor games will be played here.”
The Minister acknowledged the influence of the major supporters of basketball in WA over the years and said the new facility stood as testament to their efforts.
“I think it is important that we acknowledge those such as Jack Bendat, Andrew Vlahov, Luc Longley and the Ellis family who have contributed so much to the development of basketball in this State.” Mr. Waldron said.
Mr. Waldron said the new facility would encourage participation in sport and was also environmentally friendly in its design.
“In this era of environmental awareness, building a sporting facility is not just a matter of constructing the most basic building for the purpose of playing sport.” Mr. Waldron said.
“Much more needs to be considered and in this case, all the boxes have been ticked.”
Features of the centre include:
- 8 Courts,
- 2 Basketball show courts,
- 1,100 Permanent seats,
- 900 Retractable seats,
- 6 Court sports hall with multi-sport line markings.
- Function centre with bar and kitchen facilities,
- Office space for Basketball WA, the Perth Wildcats and the Perry Lakes Hawks,
- Kiosk and community basketball club rooms,
- Low energy and passive lighting solutions incorporated into the stadium,
Flow controllers and timers have been fitted to taps to achieve five-star performance for basins and sinks, three-star performance for the shower heads and waterless urinals have also been installed. Recycled water from the Subiaco Waste Water Treatment Plant will be used for irrigation purposes with bore water used for flushing and back-up purposes. The stadium incorporates passive ventilation, reducing its carbon footprint.
Completion of the WA Basketball Centre, and the already operational WA Athletics Stadium, is the second stage of a three-pronged sports development in the sporting precinct. The development replaces out-of-date facilities at Perry Lakes and will also include a rugby facility on adjacent land.
The combined construction cost of the WA Athletics Stadium, WA Basketball Centre and supporting infrastructure was $73.4 Million.
The WA Basketball Centre will be managed by VenuesWest (formerly the Western Australian Sports Centre Trust) and chairman Graham Partridge said the operator looked forward to working with Basketball WA to make the centre one of the best facilities in the country.
“This will be the finest facility in Australia.” Mr. Partridge said.
“The training hall alone occupies 5,000 square metres.”
“We’ll be able to ensure many other sports such as netball and volleyball get a chance to practice and play in this extraordinary venue and hope to provide access to more than 100,000 users in the first year.”
Mr. Waldron said he hoped that many of these users would be school aged children.
“I hope we will see many school groups using these facilities because our sporting structure in this State – as well as the physical and social health of the community – is so dependent on getting young people to play sport.” the Minister said.
“Having sporting facilities such as this one certainly goes a long way towards providing more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to keep active. This makes individuals healthier and happier and our communities’ stronger and safer places to live.”