Knox Basketball Incorporated (KBI) welcomes today’s announcement that the Federal Labor Party will invest $14.5 million into the expansion of the State Basketball Centre at Knox, if elected to government on May 18, 2019.

This election commitment will support the development of the Centre, which will be monumental for basketball in Knox. The Centre is one of six venues at which KBI hosts games, and the growth of the State Basketball Centre is vital to accommodate increasing local demand for basketball and ensure the sport’s sustainability in the Knox community.

KBI coordinates basketball for 16 additional clubs and over 1,100 basketball teams, running both senior and junior competitions. KBI has more than 11,000 registered players, and approximately 30% of our participants are women and girls. KBI also has the largest referee association in Australia with over 350 referees officiating each week.

The new 10 courts to be built as part of the Centre’s expansion will be predominantly used by our strong membership base and are essential to maintain the strength of KBI’s competition.

KBI CEO Grant Harrison welcomed the funding announcement, “We are grateful for the support announced by the Federal Labor Party today. Their investment commitment of $14.5 million contributes to the exciting expansion project at the State Basketball Centre, and supports grass roots basketball for thousands of athletes in Melbourne’s outer-eastern suburbs.

“In addition to the investment announced by the Federal Labor Opposition, KBI is also appreciative of the commitments made by the Victorian State Government and Knox City Council to invest in this expansion project. The funding will provide KBI with a contemporary home for generations to come,” Mr Harrison said.

KBI is thrilled to be headquartered at such an eminent facility, and be co-located with Basketball Victoria, Basketball Australia, the NBL club South-East Melbourne Phoenix, and the WNBL club Melbourne Boomers.

The expansion of the State Basketball Centre at Knox will create the largest basketball facility for both community sport and high-performance basketball in the southern hemisphere. Its positive impact on access and participation in community sport is particularly welcomed by KBI. 

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