More basketball, futsal and gymnastic facilities to be built in ACT

Lachlan Roberts 17 June 2019 23
Basketball ACT

Basketball has seen 21 per cent growth in the last three years. File photo.

Belconnen may soon be home to a new gymnastics training centre and an expanded basketball stadium following an independent report into improving indoor sports facilities across Canberra.

The report, which was completed by Otium Planning Group, specifically focused on facility planning for futsal, basketball and gymnastics and identified Belconnen, Gungahlin and Woden as possible regions for expanded or new indoor sports facilities.

In figures released by the report, Basketball ACT had 8,809 active playing members in 2017 with a 21 per cent growth in the last three years, while gymnastics experienced over 60 per cent growth in the last five years with approximately 5,200 participants in the ACT.

The report said the existing courts at Belconnen Basketball Stadium are at capacity during weekdays and weekends, with Basketball ACT utilising indoor courts at a dozen other venues for training activities.

Basketball ACT indicated that the proposed timeframe to consider any future expansion to its facility would likely be four plus years away once it has improved its current financial position.

According to the report, Gymnastics ACT holds 26 to 28 competitive events across different club venues each year, proposing a state centre to host high-level training and local, regional and higher level competitions.

The University of Canberra may soon be home to a gymnastics state training centre. File photo.

The report also suggested an alternative option would be the development of a new state centre at the University of Canberra, subject to the negotiation of mutually beneficial arrangements with the university.

ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry said the ACT Government’s response to the report includes “clear and practical action”, with new futsal courts to be built at the new ‘Home of Football’ in Throsby, Gymnastics ACT to scope a new State Training Centre and Basketball ACT to consider expanding its Belconnen facility to accommodate three more courts.

“Canberra is a growing city and one of the most active in Australia,” Ms Berry said. “As our city grows we will need more indoor sporting facilities so people can continue to enjoy participating in the sports of their choice.

Minister Berry said more indoor sports facilities are needed in the growing city. Photo: George Tsotsos.

“The Government will also continue to investigate how to make better use of existing indoor sporting facilities at our public schools.

“Recent improvements at a number of schools across Canberra have provided around 70 additional hours per week of community access to indoor sporting facilities.”

Basketball ACT president Allan Yates said more facilities in the ACT will help unearth the next generation of Australian basketballers and was excited by the partnership with the ACT Government.

“Basketball ACT is excited to partner with the ACT Government to investigate opportunities to expand the provision of basketball facilities in Belconnen,” he said.

“As the popularity of our sport increases, the further provision of facilities will help ensure we can cater for the next generation of Opals and Boomers players.”

Gymnastics ACT chief Bradley Low said the development of a Gymnastics State Training Centre would create significant opportunities to grow their sport in Canberra and said the association is ready to work with the ACT Government to progress the preliminary planning and design requirements for the facility.

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23 Responses to More basketball, futsal and gymnastic facilities to be built in ACT
Tom Minchin Tom Minchin 8:46 pm 19 Jun 19

Should build basketball courts at Majura Park near the airport.

Brandon Primrose Brandon Primrose 9:40 pm 17 Jun 19

Meanwhile the Mpowerdome In Tuggeranong sits there empty not being used.

    Les Stevenson Les Stevenson 9:45 pm 17 Jun 19

    Yeah mate, surely it would be cheaper to just build a carpark at Mpowerdome than a new venue?

    Brandon Primrose Brandon Primrose 9:45 pm 17 Jun 19

    Les Stevenson you would think

Laura Gasperski Laura Gasperski 8:57 pm 17 Jun 19

Like a sports complex (another ais)

Laura Gasperski Laura Gasperski 8:56 pm 17 Jun 19

What about a bmx track??

Jodie Stephenson Jodie Stephenson 8:53 pm 17 Jun 19

Darren Stephenson fingers crossed Woden 🤞🤞🤞🤞

National Capital Roller Skating Club National Capital Roller Skating Club 7:47 pm 17 Jun 19

More multi purpose indoor stadiums are definitely a must. Maybe then we can build up the Roller Sports community and bring more national events to the Nations Capital.

    Woden Valley Woden Valley 8:31 pm 17 Jun 19

    We would love to have roller derby back in Woden

Woden Valley Community Council Woden Valley Community Council 6:50 pm 17 Jun 19

The Woden Valley Community Council does not support the findings of the Report which does not include a multi-purpose sports stadium for Woden. The report finds:
• Basketball ACT to explore further provision of basketball facilities in the Belconnen region.
• Capital Football on the new ‘Home of Football’ in Throsby, which will include indoor futsal courts, funded in the 2019 Budget
• Gymnastics ACT to scope a new State Training Centre in Belconnen
A multi-purpose sports stadium can Improve physical health, improve the mental health, grow personal development, strengthen our communities and grow the economy in Canberra’s south — providing jobs and activity to the centre of Woden with the flow on benefits to small business.
They also bring people of all ages together and can inspire and motivate individuals while also fostering community pride. The use of school halls does not facilitate the whole community feeling connected to the asset and sporting groups have difficulty with access and storage at school sites.
The demolition of Woden’s basketball stadium has left a shortage of indoor sports facilities for competition and training across the south of Canberra.
Woden is an ideal location for community facilities as it is centrally located and on the north south and east west public transport alignment making it accessible to communities across Canberra
Woden Town Centre has been identified for higher density living and a multi-purpose sports facility contributes to creating a contemporary urban precinct that promotes health and well-being at the grass roots level.

    vanaalst vanaalst 8:14 pm 17 Jun 19

    Perhaps any new CIT precinct at Woden should incorporate multi purpose indoor sports halls.

    Woden Valley Community Council Woden Valley Community Council 8:58 pm 17 Jun 19

    Maybe, we would need a fairly large central site. We are advocating for the surface car park between the Hellenic Club and the bus interchange. It would require parking to go underground.

Nicole Fitzgerald Nicole Fitzgerald 6:48 pm 17 Jun 19

Woden Valley Community Council would be great to see this in Woden after all the efforts put in by the WVCC

    Woden Valley Woden Valley 6:52 pm 17 Jun 19

    It would be fantastic however the report finds that Woden can use school halls. It fails to recognise that the Woden Town Centre services a large catchment across the south of Canberra.

    Nicole Fitzgerald Nicole Fitzgerald 7:25 pm 17 Jun 19

    Woden Valley it’s about time this government is booted out!!! Seriously enough is enough!

Heavs Heavs 3:53 pm 17 Jun 19

I’ve never understood why the government hasn’t looked at purchasing the old Magnet Mart/Home Hardware site in Gungahlin with a view to converting it to either basketball or indoor soccer or any other under roof sport. Seems like it wouldn’t be that difficult a conversion.

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 3:05 pm 17 Jun 19

Another futsal slab? Please don’t remind us of Andrew Barr’s million-dollar popup folly.

    vanaalst vanaalst 8:12 pm 17 Jun 19

    If you’re going to contribute, at least get your facts kinda close to accurate. Barr was still in nappies when the futsal slab was built, and the new facility at Throsby will incorporate a proper indoor facility.

Martin Miller Martin Miller 12:50 pm 17 Jun 19

It took 3 years for this ACT Greens /ACT Labor parliamentary agreement recommendation and Sport and Recreation Canberra Consultant has produced a pathetic 19 page report which discounts previous more detailed reports for #woden indoor sports infrastructure. It doesn't include an indoor aquatic centre for #woden to be included in this facility. Recommends a Gymnastics centre University of Canberra when #AIS facility is down the road! Also a pathetic ACT Government response to the report & recommendation for indoor sporting infrastructure for #Woden.

Andrew Barr ACT Chief Minister Yvette Berry Shane Rattenbury MLA Chris Steel MLA Bec Cody for Murrumbidgee Caroline Le Couteur

    Caroline Le Couteur Caroline Le Couteur 4:18 pm 18 Jun 19

    agreed disappointing

    Martin Miller Martin Miller 4:23 pm 18 Jun 19

    Caroline Le Couteur what are you and Shane Rattenbury MLA going to do about it?

Michael Langridge Michael Langridge 12:46 pm 17 Jun 19

Yeah. The futsal slab!

In the city.


Shane Jasprizza Shane Jasprizza 12:35 pm 17 Jun 19

Didn’t we have a futsal facility once upon a time?

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