Federal, state and local governments have come together to fund the much-needed upgrade of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre.
With total costs of the project reaching near $20 million, Monash Council welcomes the support.
Waverley Gymnastics Centre has also pledged $1 million to the development and will be relocating to Oakleigh to make use of the expanded gymnastics facility that offers 50 per cent more floor space.
In addition to the new gymnastics facility, Oakleigh’s 40-year-old basketball courts will be upgraded and another court will be built.
Monash Mayor Rebecca Paterson was pleased the Australian Government followed through on their election promise.
“We are delighted that all three levels of government – federal, state and local – will be working together to deliver a fantastic recreational facility for our community,” Cr Paterson.
Monash Council itself will provide the bulk of the funding with an investment of $12 – $14 million dedicated to the project. Federal and state government funding will amount to $5.1 million combined.
Oakleigh Ward councillor Josh Fergeus said the upgrade was a “perfect outcome” for Monash, and Oakleigh in particular.
“The Oakleigh Recreation Centre will be re-developed a couple of years early, providing a much-needed upgrade to the existing indoor sports facilities,” he said.
“Thanks to excellent work by Council Officers, the combination of these two projects will save ratepayers $2.5 million compared to the cost of undertaking these projects separately.”
Oakleigh Recreation Centre already welcomes more than 320,000 guests per year, a number set to rise when Waverley Gymnastics makes Oakleigh home.
Cr Fergeus said the relocation of Waverley Gymnastics to the new Oakleigh centre would give Olympians of the future the opportunity to train at a facility of international standard.
“Since the upgraded facility will be of such a high standard it is highly likely that state and national competitions will also be held regularly at the site,” he said.
“I anticipate that the increased patronage of the Oakleigh Recreation Centre will bring a great deal of economic benefit to Oakleigh and introduce many new families to our wonderful suburb and local traders.”
Construction works will begin later this year and the upgraded sports facility is expected to open in late 2018.