Baw Baw Shire Council operates three indoor court facilities: Bellbird Park Indoor Stadium in Drouin, Bells Hall in Rawson, and Warragul Leisure Centre.
The courts are primarily used for basketball and netball. Can also be utilised by school groups and fitness classes.
Basketball is one of the highest participation sports in Baw Baw. Over the past four years Drouin Basketball Club has grown from 10 teams to 32 teams. It is anticipated that demand for basketball and other indoor sports will increase in line with predicted population increases and changes to the demographic profile.
Strategic plans developed by Netball Victoria and Basketball Victoria have identified that one court can accommodate between 300-500 people per week. Based on this ratio and population forecasting, Baw Baw Shire could require an additional 4 indoor courts before 2028.
The 2018 Indoor Stadium Feasibility put forward various options including expanding at both the Warragul Leisure Centre and at Bellbird Park, along with the construction of a new stadium on a greenfield site.
What is Needed?
- Funding to upgrade the courts at the Warragul Leisure Centre over a two-staged project at an estimated cost of $10m per stage.
- Funding to upgrade and extend Bellbird Park by adding two additional courts creating a four-court facility, at an estimated cost between $9-10 million.
- Funding to develop a new four court indoor stadium on a greenfield site at proposed developments at Lillico Road, Warragul or Weebar Road, Drouin, with an estimated cost of $2m.
- Investigations into the possibility of new stadiums in other areas of the shire.
Projects in the range of $9-$25m.