Construction begins on a new community sport and recreation hub in Upwey Tecoma
02 August 2017
Joint release with:
Federal Member for La Trobe
- Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub will be multi-functional facility
- The new two-storey hub will support all local sporting groups
- The Coalition Government invested over $500,000 in the project
A sod turning ceremony was held today to mark the start of works on the new $3.6 million Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub.
Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new two-story facility would provide local residents and sporting clubs with the first-class sporting facilities they need to thrive.
“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to and providing sporting facilities and community function areas like this does just that,” Minister Nash said.
Attending the ceremony, Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the new facilities would help improve community wellbeing and provide local sporting clubs with a major boost.
“The new facility will provide sports enthusiasts with a wide range of useful amenities including multiple change rooms, a gym, fully functional kitchen and bar facilities, and a new dedicated first-aid room.
“The facility will increase participation in football, netball and cricket, as well supporting local community and social clubs,” Mr Wood said.
Mayor of Yarra Ranges Council Noel Cliff said Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub started with a simple mission statement—to create a community, recreational and sporting precinct in the Upwey-Tecoma area.
“It has come to represent a community hub where meetings, social gatherings and community events can be held and I'm proud that Yarra Ranges Council has supported this project,” Cr Cliff said.
The $3.6 million project was jointly funded with the Australian Government providing $500,000, the Victorian Government $1.5 million, Yarra Ranges Council $1.1 million, and Upwey Tecoma Community Recreational and Sporting Hub Inc and Bendigo bank each providing $250,000 toward the project.