The Nationals kickstart final quarter of Wangaratta High School masterplan

Leader of the Nationals Peter Walsh, Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy and Ian Pople from the Wangaratta Basketball Association.


Thursday 16 August 2018

Wangaratta students and the community will be shooting hoops in a brand new stadium if The Nationals are elected to government, Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy has announced.

Leader of The Nationals and Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation Peter Walsh joined Mr McCurdy in Wangaratta on Thursday to announce $5 million to complete Stage 4 of the Wangaratta High School’s masterplan.

“The Nationals in government will invest in Wangaratta’s future by completing the School Masterplan to upgrade our multi-use community asset for the benefit of our whole town,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The Nationals’ investment at Wangaratta High School will fund a community sporting and youth support hub for use by the school and our many local sports groups that bring the Wangaratta community together for some healthy competition.”

Stage 4 will see a new stadium built, including double basketball courts and first aid facilities, for use by the school and the community.

Mr McCurdy said the development, which is across the road from the existing basketball courts, would greatly assist the Wangaratta Basketball Association.

“Basketball in Wangaratta has been under growing pressure from increasing player numbers that have outgrown the current facility,” he said.

“This upgrade will provide our local basketball association with access to more courts to accommodate those growing player numbers and encourage participation in sport and active recreation.

“As the high school is located across the road from the Barr Reserve where the existing basketball courts are, integration can occur quite easily.”

Mr Walsh said after nearly four years in government, Labor had continually failed to fund this important upgrade.

“The Nationals believe in backing projects that local communities have identified as priorities,” Mr Walsh said.

“Investing in better sports and community facilities for Wangaratta is just one more reason Regional Victoria is a great place to live, to work and to play.”

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