Local Member for Kilsyth and State MP David Hodgett visited Kilsyth Sports Centre last week to discuss the proposed centre Development.

Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association (K&MDBA) are currently in the early planning and finance stages for a proposed two court extension to the facility.

Mr Hodgett is a former Shire of Yarra Ranges Mayor and has been a long time supporter of the K&MDBA.   Hodgett is a proud member of the Kilsyth Basketball Community regularly attending the stadium to watch his children play as well as supporting the Cobras in the SEABL and Big V YL. 

Mr. Hodgett praised the efforts of the K&MDBA in providing fantastic facilities and service for the local community.

“The Kilsyth Sports Centre is a tremendous facility that serves the region well and provides a terrific local venue for kids of all ages to participate in sport,” Mr. Hodgett said.

The Minister met with General Manager Dick Thomas, Office Manager Ruth Woolcock and Basketball Development Manager Ben Turner to discuss the proposed two court facility extension and his support with State Government Funding.

Mr. Thomas thanked the local member and made mention of his advice, “following our meeting with James Merlino, David has provided us with some excellent advice and support.  Through partnership with the State Government and Shire of Yarra Ranges we look more likely to bring this project to life and deliver for the game of basketball in the Yarra Valley”.

“The proposed two court extension will significantly enhance this magnificent facility and I will assist in any way I can to see this exciting project delivered,” said Mr. Hodgett.

K&MDBA currently have over 1000 teams participating at Kilsyth and Lilydale stadiums and are nearing capacity. This will be the first major basketball development at Kilsyth since 1984.  The news full size courts will enable the association to increase basketball participation and development whilst offering increased opportunities for other sports including netball.

“This redevelopment will be a major benefit to the game of basketball in the Yarra Valley.  It will enable us not only to increase participation but to host Junior State and National Championships as well as ABA National Finals. These events would provide a major economic boost to the local communities,” said Mr. Thomas.

Kilsyth Basketball looks forward to working with David Hodgett and the State Government to develop the best possible facilities for the local community.

For more information please call Ben Turner on 03 9728 1033 or visit www.kilsythbasketball.com.au