Slam dunk for Emerald Primary School as new sporting facilities open

Media Release


28 April 2016

Joint release with:

Jason Wood

Federal Member for La Trobe

Students of Emerald Primary School will soon be playing basketball and netball on a $1.5 million international grade court with the school's new indoor stadium open today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government provided $1.5 million to fully fund the construction of the brand new sporting facilities.

“Through the $350 million Community Development Grants Programme, the Australian Government is funding community infrastructure projects like this one that promote stable, secure and viable local and regional economies,” Minister Nash said.

“The Australian Government continues to deliver on its commitment to provide long term improvements in regions across Australia.”

Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the entire Emerald community will benefit from the new facilities.

“This is an excellent investment for the entire local community, providing opportunities for sporting clubs to open up to new members and reduce membership fees,” Mr Wood said.

“The new indoor stadium, with state-of-the-art basketball and netball courts, will be available for use by 10 schools in the district as well as a range of sports and leisure groups.

“With electronic score boards, a practice court and sprung timber floors it will be the home ground for the Emerald Lakers Basketball Club and host district and regional sporting championships.”

The Community Development Grants Programme is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. For more information on the Programme visit