A NEW indoor sports stadium at Sorell’s Pembroke Park precinct has officially opened, after two years of construction.
The $10.2 million South East Stadium, jointly funded by the Tasmanian Government, Federal Government and Sorell Council, includes two basketball/netball courts, a showcase court, gymnasium, offices, changing facilities, function room, meeting room and canteen.
The new stadium forms a key stage of the Pembroke Park Master Plan developed by Sorell Council in consultation with key user groups in the community, driven by demand for upgraded sport and recreation facilities for a rapidly growing community.
The stadium is the jewel in the crown of the South East Sporting Complex at Pembroke Park, which is a multi- sport facility utilised by junior and senior netball, basketball, football, cricket, athletics and soccer clubs.
The South East Suns Netball Association will use the stadium as the home base for its Tasmanian Netball League, team after gaining entry to the league for the 2023 season.
Association president Marsha Batchelor said the new stadium had been a long time coming, but had helped the club secure the Eastern Shore’s first State League license.
“We can now offer better competitions at higher standards and offer Eastern Shore sporting clubs world-class facilities to train and play,” she said.
“The new facilities will give more people in the Clarence community the opportunity to play and watch sport.
“We are a really community minded organisation and to have this facility open to the greater public is fantastic.”
Representatives from local sporting clubs and peak sporting bodies joined dignitaries for the stadium’s official opening on 9 December, with the formalities followed by a community event featuring sports clinics, food vans, live music, face painting and more.
Sport and Recreation Minister Nic Street said he was pleased to see all levels of government partnering to deliver community infrastructure.
“By providing funding for significant grassroots sporting infrastructure, we’re enabling the next generation of Tasmanian sporting stars to develop in world-class facilities,” he said.
“While providing new pathways for local basketball and netball players, this stadium will benefit the entire community. I can’t wait to see it used to its full potential.”