New major sports facility opened in Hume, with more projects underway

Published on 15 September 2022

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Our goal of Building a Better Hume continues, with more facilities opened and more on the way.

In partnership with the Victoria Government, Hume City Council unveiled the brand-new Craigieburn Softball Centre on Friday 16 September. Construction also began on upgrading Craigieburn Sports Stadium and building the Kalkallo North Community Centre.  

Minister for Community Sport and State Member for Yuroke, The Hon. Ros Spence and Hume City Council Mayor, Cr Carly Moore, attended the official opening of the Craigieburn Softball Centre at Aitken Hill Recreation Reserve.  

The Craigieburn Softball Centre has two brand-new softball diamonds with sports lighting, ensuring that players can now train in the evening. The popularity of softball in the community, especially among women and girls, has been growing rapidly and this new centre will be able to accommodate new and experienced players. 

In addition to the softball facilities, the new Aitken Recreation Reserve has new features for all residents including a sports pavilion, a multipurpose turfed sports area, an all-ages play space, shared pathways, public toilets, and car parking.  

The joint investment of $7.2 million between Council, the Victorian Government Growing Suburbs Fund, and Stockland will ensure that Craigieburn residents have the facilities available to be active, healthy, and connected.  

Minister Spence and Councillor Moore also attended the Stage 1 Sod Turn at Craigieburn Sports Stadium.  

The Victorian Government and Council are together investing $11.75 million to upgrade the stadium which will bring a new carpark, three additional multipurpose sports courts, new meeting rooms, changing facilities, and remodelled internal areas.  

The courts at the stadium are constantly at capacity during peak periods. These improvements will result in better playing conditions and increased participation rates in basketball, netball and badminton. The opportunity to host regional playing tournaments in the future will help stimulate the local economy.  

Construction is underway and due to be completed in 2023. 

Cr Sam Misho also attended the Sod Turn at Kalkallo North Community Centre with Minister Spence.  

The Victorian Government and Council are together investing $10 million to build this important facility. With unprecedented growth in the Kalkallo region, a one-stop shop for community services is needed to ensure that Kalkallo residents can thrive in the short and long-term future.  

The facility will offer consulting rooms for maternal and child health services and specialist services, preschool rooms, and multi-purpose community meeting rooms which will support a wide range of community programs and activities.  

Construction is underway and due to be completed in 2023.  

These major projects will ensure that all Hume residents have premium sporting facilities and community services available close to home. 

Quotes to be attributes to Mayor Councillor Carly Moore: 

“Craigieburn residents will benefit greatly from the new Craigieburn Softball Centre today and the Craigieburn Sports Stadium in the future.  

“Supporting our community to lead active, healthy, and connected lives is a key goal of Council – which is why these projects are important for the future of local sport across Hume.  

“I would like to thank the Victorian Government for making these projects a reality for the Hume community.” 

Quotes to be attributed to Councillor Sam Misho: 

“Experiencing unprecedented growth in recent years, Kalkallo has topped the list as one of Australia’s fastest growing communities. 

“With this trend expected to continue well into the future, we are providing a facility that will house the services needed for the Kalkallo community to thrive for many years to come.” 

“The facility will provide provide easy access to a wide range of services including early childhood education, care, health, and family services.” 

“The ongoing collaboration between Council and the Victorian Government ensures that we can build infrastructure and projects that will meet the demands of our rapidly growing population.”  

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