Access to the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Centre has been improved following the installation of a lift.
The lift is the first of a series of works to ensure the centre becomes a fit-for-purpose and accessible facility.
Mayor Karen Egan said it was one of many upgrades needed at the popular facility to ensure all abilities accessibility and the increasing demands on the outdated centre.
“Parents with prams, wheelchair users and others who can’t use stairs can now access the playing courts,” Cr Egan said.
“There’s a lot more to do and we will continue to advocate for funding to help turn the long-term vision for this facility into a reality. Council’s adoption of the centre’s masterplan will help to support future funding applications.”
A new entrance, foyer, new toilets and change rooms, accessibility works, refurbished existing change rooms, the upgrade of a court and additional multi-sport compliant courts will form part of the next stage of works envisaged for the centre. For this next stage Council will put a call out for tenders to commence works in 2020.
Chair of the Inclusion Advisory Committee Cr Grant Brooker said completion of the first stage was a win for community.
“The lift will enable a larger number of community members, including people with disability, those who are injured and older people access all areas and levels at the centre.”
Council funded $4 million for the Priority Works Package and secured $2.5 million through the State Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.