Rebuilt Somerville Recreation And Community Centre Opened By Minister

Rebuilt Somerville Recreation And Community Centre Opened By Minister

Victoria Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula

Somerville Recreation And Community Centre Is Reborn

Victor P Taffa

Somerville Recreation and Community Centre has been rebuilt bigger and better than ever, after it was tragically destroyed by fire 3 years ago.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula opened the rebuilt complex today thanks to almost $1.3 Million in funding from the Andrews Government’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund.

“Somerville Recreation and Community Centre is a huge part of the Western Port community and I’m proud we’ve been able to play our part in this important rebuild.” Minister for Tourism Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said.

“Local clubs are the breeding ground for our next generation of sporting champions and they deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.”

Stadium is home to the Western Port Steelers and is the headquarters of the Western Port Basketball Association with more than 130 registered teams and nearly 2,000 members. It’s also used by the Baxter Indoor Netball Association and Mornington Peninsula Badminton Inc.

Stadium has now been rebuilt with four indoor multi-sport courts doubling its capacity. It also features female friendly change rooms, an umpire change room, first aid room, tournament office, storage space and better accessible public facilities and parking.

Community centre has been repaired and upgraded and the expanded stadium will now give clubs improved access to court space and flexibility to schedule games and training.

Better Indoor Stadiums Fund is a State Government initiative that helps deliver indoor multi-sport courts across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. Since 2016 the fund has helped develop 10 stadiums across Victoria.

Fund is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to getting Victorians up and active. Across Victoria the government has invested more than $630 Million in community sport and recreation facilities since 2014.