Sport and recreation in the south east region is set to get a massive boost with the development of a much anticipated new stadium complex at Pembroke Park.
Funding for the project was secured through grants of $2.5 million from the State Government and $6 million from the Federal Government’s Community Development Grants Program, with Council contributing the remainder.
The stadium development will include two netball/basketball courts, a gym, three offices, a meeting room, four internally accessed change rooms, four externally accessed change rooms to complement nearby soccer pitches, umpires change rooms, storage, kitchen/canteen, a bar and function room, parking, access and landscaping.
Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent said the development of Pembroke Park as the premier sporting complex of the south east region was something Council had been working towards for many years.
“We are a growing community that services the wider south east region and the demand for new and upgraded facilities at Pembroke Park has been gaining momentum for many years,’’ Mr Vincent said.
“We have been working tirelessly to secure funding and construct new facilities and infrastructure to meet this demand.
“There are a broad range of economic and community benefits for this project including skill development, leadership skills and social interactions in children through sport and play, the creation of new and additional opportunities for physical activity and participation in organised sport, potential to create new jobs during the construction phase and the ability to stage events within the stadium and dedicated function space.
“In addition, the influx of users and participants to the facility will have a flow on effect for patronage to local businesses.
“Enhanced facilities will also provide greater opportunities for sporting clubs to attract new members and grow their membership base, as well as increase their opportunities for sponsorship agreements.”
The stadium has strong support from the wider basketball community.
Dave Judge, a local Tasman resident who has been involved with junior basketball on the Tasman Peninsula since 1995, said travel into Hobart was a barrier for locals who want to play basketball.
“Tasman athletes have struggled over the last few years to find a place and team to play against that is accessible, as a 9pm Monday night game in Hobart is not accessible for 14 year olds,’’ Mr Judge said.
Scott Boucher from Basketball Tasmania said they are very excited about the development in Sorell.
“Sorell, one of the fastest growing areas in Southern Tasmania, will be provided with a brand new facility to service members in the south east area of the State,’’ Mr Boucher said.
“In line with Basketball Tasmania’s Strategic Plan goal to make Basketball the sport of choice in Tasmania, this development will enable all sections of the community, from students to seniors to enjoy being involved in Basketball within their community, in a brand new stadium.”
Anthony Stewart, Head Coach of the Hobart Chargers Basketball Club, said the stadium was very positive news.
“This is fantastic news for the Sorell municipality and outer regional areas from Dodges Ferry through to the Tasman Peninsula,’’ Mr Stewart said.
“With grass roots basketball exploding across Southern Tasmania over the past few years and with the recent announcement of Tasmania having its very own National basketball team, the timing could not be better.’’
The Hobart Chargers very much look forward to engaging further with the young people across the region and taking the opportunity for our imports to run some introductory programs at the centre.”
Prosser Liberal MP Jane Howlett Sorell said residents deserved sports and recreation facilities that not only support but encourage activity.
“That’s why we have committed $2.5 million towards the Pembroke Park redevelopment plan, to make it a reality.’’
Design of the indoor stadium complex was awarded to N2SH Architects. They are completing detailed designs and it is expected the project will be ready to be advertised for construction tender in the coming months.