I asked the Minister for Local Government in Parliament whether the Government will approve the application for $10 million to get the long-awaited redevelopment of the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre underway and provide that funding in this financial year.
This centre is over 40 years old and is a vital facility used extensively by the Eltham community. It is one of Nillumbik Shire Council’s most patronised venues. The centre has six indoor sports courts, a multipurpose hall, squash courts, a gym and group exercise spaces, a creche, a cafe, office areas and other change rooms.
While it has undergone a number of minor upgrades in the last 15 years, it now needs substantial renovations to meet the community’s needs and expectations both now and in the future.
The council said that the planned redevelopment would deliver a contemporary, fit-for-purpose regional indoor sports stadium servicing not only Nillumbik but the surrounding councils and that it would cater for basketball, netball, squash, badminton, table tennis and a range of other sports.
While the full cost of the redevelopment is nearly $40 million, the application for this year’s Growing Suburbs Fund money is $10 million, and I've urged the government to support this vital application.