Adrian Pederick and Brenton Lewis announce a further 1.5 million added funding to Murray Bridge Basketball Stadium upgrade

SWISH: Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick with Dean Rossiter, Nick Huxtable and Murray Bridge Mayor, Brenton Lewis. Photo: Matt Welch.
SWISH: Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick with Dean Rossiter, Nick Huxtable and Murray Bridge Mayor, Brenton Lewis. Photo: Matt Welch.

A $1.5 million grant boost to a basketball stadium project in Murray Bridge has been officially welcomed by Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick and Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor, Brenton Lewis.

Tuesday, January 11, 2021 saw more funding from the Sporting Infrastructure Projects 2021-22 grant program to help the Murray Bridge Basketball Stadium upgrades.

The grant will be used to create a new multi-use sports stadium with high participation sports facilities.

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick was ecstatic about the possibilities the stadium upgrade will provide to the Murraylands community.

"I welcome this further investment in grassroots sporting facilities. As we know sporting clubs are vitally important in our regions for the physical and mental wellbeing of our communities," Mr Pederick said

"It's all about providing families an inclusive sport. They can come here day or night. What better way to spend some time together, improve health and wellbeing in these times.

"To all the volunteers and people in the background, without the push from the Murray Bridge Bullets, we wouldn't be here. Everyone has got on board and pushed hard to make this project happen."

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick with Dean Rossiter, Nick Huxtable and Murray Bridge Mayor, Brenton Lewis. Photo: Matt Welch.

Member for Hammond, Adrian Pederick with Dean Rossiter, Nick Huxtable and Murray Bridge Mayor, Brenton Lewis. Photo: Matt Welch.

Mayor Brenton Lewis said that the significant contributions from state and federal governments made this project all possible.

"Without this funding, frankly we wouldn't be here today. It's made all the difference," Mayor Lewis said.

"The latest design doesn't affect the RV area and showground. We know that phase one of this project is going ahead. We are looking to reign in the spending and make it half practical and we have people working on that as we speak.

"We're very hopeful that what will emerge is a collaboration of sport and everyone will have an opportunity to share the asset along with a strong business plan going forward.

"It's one thing to build something, but another to run them. Phase two of the project is going to need more justification."

There is no set date on when the project is set to be finished. The next step of the build will rely on solidified funding.

"Phase one's financial plan is solid and there's no reason we can't start that as soon as possible. Phase two is still to come and funding isn't guaranteed just yet," Mayor Lewis said.

"The project's next steps will be discussed in future council meetings."

Murray Bridge Basketball Stadium's Dean Rossiter and Nick Huxtable are excited with the new varnished courts and think the project will help expand the sport within the Murraylands community.

"It's really good to see the project starting to get going," Mr Rossiter said.

"Hopefully we can use it as soon as possible and we can continue to keep growing. We have kids playing late at night just to fit in the rounds.

"They can be late nights with people coming from all around the community. We've had to turn teams away, so these extra courts will help immensely."

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