SPORTS groups across the Shire of Mundaring have given their new indoor sports facility a ‘high five’.
Shire President John Daw this week teamed with basketball players to try his hand at shooting hoops inside Mundaring Arena.
The $10.1million facility with outdoor and indoor hardcourts caters for year-round play in basketball, hockey, badminton, volleyball and soccer.
Hills Raiders Basketball Association’s Neridah Zlatnik said the arena resulted from a collaborative effort between the Shire and the three main sporting associations of Hills Raiders Basketball, Eastern Hills Netball and Hills Night Hockey.
“It has been a very long journey with community sporting clubs actively lobbying for an indoor arena for 30 years,” she said.
“Now we have the opportunity to develop our players further and give them the chance to play at a higher level without having to move clubs or travel long distances for weekly training.”
The sports facility will provide more opportunities for senior players to continue in their sport on better playing surfaces.
“We can run other competitions and carnivals, and invite other clubs to come and play, which offers opportunities for local businesses,” she said.
Bendigo Bank in Mundaring pledged $100,000 towards the project, with local basketball, hockey and netball clubs giving between $10,000 and $30,000 each.
The State Government provided $3 million and the Shire funded the remainder.
Cr Daw said the arena was among the largest capital projects undertaken in the Shire’s history.
“It is a crowning achievement for the Shire to now have such a fantastic indoor sporting facility for the community to enjoy,” he said.