A $546,000 NSW Government investment to upgrade Moss Vale Basketball Stadium and the Southern Highlands Indoor Sports Hub is complete, paving the way for the next wave of regional basketballers.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the upgraded amenities include an improved FIBA-compliant playing surface, retractable backboards, as well as a refurbishment of the main office and canteen to a commercial kitchen.

“The NSW Government is committed to improving access to sporting facilities across regional NSW for everyone to enjoy,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The upgrades to the stadium floor and backboards bring the facility up to FIBA standard, meaning more Basketball NSW tournaments can be played here.

“As the upgraded stadium opens its doors once again, I look forward to welcoming both locals and visitors alike to the Southern Highlands, as we continue to grow sport across the State.”

The Moss Vale Basketball Stadium upgrade was funded through the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund.

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the NSW Government aims to support the development of high quality and well-designed sports centres and stadiums to help increase both professional and recreational participation.

“The improvements to Moss Vale Basketball Stadium provides the community and local sporting groups with better access to fit-for-purpose facilities that will meet current and future needs in the Southern Highlands and regional NSW,” Mr Henskens said.

“The NSW Government provides millions in grants each year to help create spaces and facilities that enable communities to keep healthy and active, as well as stimulate the local economy and create new jobs.”

An additional $12,754 grant was also awarded to Moss Vale and District Basketball Association Inc to replace the basketball scoreboards.

Paul Barcicki, Director Asset and Sponsorships of Moss Vale and District Basketball Association Inc welcomed the announcement.

“We intend to purchase two new scoreboards, compatible with ones currently in use in the stadium and upgradable to Wi-Fi with those units,” Mr Barcicki said.

The Community Building Partnership program has funded more than 18,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009. Applications for the 2023 Program open in May 2023.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, visit www.nsw.gov.au/cbp. More information on the Office of Sport’s grant programs is available at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants.