Premier Colin Barnett today turned the first sod of soil to mark the beginning of the next stage of a $20 million Liberal National Government election commitment to redevelop HBF Arena in Joondalup.
The new four-court basketball facility is being built for the Wanneroo Basketball Association and includes a 500-seat show court, an administration area and player amenities, to replace their former home at Joondalup Basketball Stadium.
"Perth’s northern suburbs are one of Australia’s most rapidly expanding population corridors and the community deserves a sporting hub it can be proud of" Mr Barnett said.
Wanneroo Basketball Association President Ryan Hunter spoke at this morning’s launch and detailed the excitement that is building amongst the Wolfpack membership.
“Today’s official commencement of the HBF Arena redevelopment is a significant event for our Association. It celebrates some 15-years of hard work to secure a long-term home for our large and loyal membership” Hunter said.
“Today’s commencement secures our future, and allows us to focus on what we do best – which is inspire the local community to get active and become part of a fantastic and growing organisation” Hunter concluded.
Wanneroo Basketball Association Chief Executive Officer Cameron Britt spoke of the Association’s growth story and the enormous interest and passion for Basketball in the northern coastal region.
“Our Association is rapidly growing. In the past 12-month period, we have grown by 25%, welcoming 500 new Basketballers through our door as our Association expands and focuses on both increased quality and experience” Britt said.
“We aspire to be the destination of choice for Basketball – our new stadium, combined with our improved systems, our increased resources and our renewed belief and commitment to our brand, results in us projecting further sustainable growth into the future” Britt concluded.