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Harriet Shing MP:
Gippsland Sports Stadium Now Game-Ready
Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS) now ready for games.
By Portal Admin - 21st December 2020 - Back to News
The newly named Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS) is ready to host a variety of blockbuster games thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing and Latrobe City Mayor Sharon Gibson today officially opened the stadium in Traralgon.
The Catterick Crescent stadium underwent a major redevelopment and expansion over the past 12 months thanks to a $19 million investment by the Labor Government to increase local sporting participation and attract major events to the region.
The stadium now features nine courts, a show court with 3000 spectator seats, office space, training rooms, a cafeteria and caters for a range of indoor sports including basketball, netball, badminton and dodgeball.
Through partnerships facilitated by the Latrobe Valley Authority’s Sports and Community Initiative, the GRISS is already securing major sporting events and activities.
The Deakin Melbourne Boomers today announced two in-season WNBL games will be played at the stadium over the next two seasons. Collingwood Netball Club have also announced they will bring national level Suncorp Super Netball to the region for three days in March, packed with games and community activities at the stadium.
The National Basketball League is locked-in to host 3x3 basketball tournaments across Gippsland in January, with the finals to be played at the stadium. Hawthorn Netball Club will also play state level netball games at the stadium over the next two years.
Economic modelling shows the Government’s $85 million Latrobe Valley Authority Sports and Community Initiative has created work for more than 430 people across six major sites, including the sports stadium redevelopment in Traralgon. The $19 million redevelopment delivered an estimated 23 direct jobs with about 170 individual workers inducted to site throughout the build.
The project was funded by the Labor Government including $17 million from the Latrobe Valley Authority’s $85 million Sports and Community Initiative, and a further $2 million loan top-up from Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Community Sports Infrastructure Loan Scheme.
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing
"The newly redeveloped Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium is already helping to bring major sporting events to the region."
"These new facilities are continuing our commitment to the Valley, through partnerships with elite sporting organisations such as the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, Collingwood Netball Club, the National Basketball League and the Hawthorn Netball Club."
Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence
"With local trades and suppliers playing a big part in the stadium redevelopment – the benefits of this project have been far reaching, generating local employment opportunities, opening more doors to sport for all and providing an economic boost for the region."
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