12 May 2019
Andrews Government’s double dribble on Knox Basketball Centre plans
The Andrews Labor Government has been unable to answer basic questions about the planned expansion of the State Basketball Centre at Knox Regional Sports Park, raising concerns about whether or not it will receive funding in the 2019/20 State Budget.
In response to questions raised in Parliament in March 2019, Labor’s Minister for Sport Martin Pakula was unable to answer questions asked on behalf of basketball users in Knox, including:
- When will the expansion project of the State Basketball Centre commence?
- What is the proposed completion date of the new expansion project?
- Will the $82 million funding commitment for the new expansion project be allocated in the 2019/20 budget.
- Will the State Basketball Centre be covered by an existing government trust or a new trust?
- Will Knox Basketball retain access to the existing six courts under their current arrangement?
- Will Knox Basketball have full use and access to the soon to be constructed 10 new courts?
- Will Knox Basketball, Basketball Victoria and Basketball Australia continue to manage the State Basketball Centre site; if not, who will manage the State Basketball Centre site.
Its highly disappointing that the Minister responsible for the expansion cannot or will not answer such basic questions.
Knox residents have a right to know if and how their tax dollars are to be spent, and if the Government has done the proper planning required for the State Basketball Centre expansion ahead of the 2019/20 State Budget.
Labor should cut the spin, and come clean on plans for the State Basketball Centre expansion in Knox.