Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Center since it underwent its $16.5 million redevelopment.

And the Greensborough center was in sparkling form last night during its official opening celebrations.

Deputy Mayor Ben Ramcharan and councilors joined Eltham MP Vicki Ward, representing Community Sports Minister Ros Spence, Bundoora MP Colin Brooks, Aligned Leisure center directors, sports associations and clubs for the ceremony of inauguration.

The redevelopment saw the centre, first built in 1976, completely transformed. The existing building was completely renovated with an extension that more than doubled the original size of the center. Features include:

  • Four new sports fields, bringing the total number of fields to eight
  • New reception and administration with cafe
  • New and renovated changing rooms and toilets
  • Extended gym with 24-hour access
  • Improvements to ensure accessibility for all.

Outside visitors are greeted by a vibrant 40m mural by Indigenous artist Fiona Clarke that reflects the center’s importance as a gathering place for the community as well as improving health and well-being.

Deputy Mayor Ben Ramcharan said the center was the second biggest infrastructure project undertaken in the County, after Eltham Leisure Centre.

“I would like to thank the Government of Victoria who, through the Growing Suburbs Fund and Sport and Recreation Victoria, have provided very generous support to help us create a truly world-class hub for our region,” said Cr Ramcharan.

“And again, this would not be possible without the continued advocacy on behalf of our community from our local MPs.

“We have also worked closely with our leisure center managers – Aligned Leisure – as well as all the local sports associations and clubs that call this center home.”

Blue Lake Ward Councilor Richard Stockman said the completed installation continues the revitalization of the civic center area.

“This, in many ways, is the crowning achievement of the precinct’s revitalization. Along with the newly renovated Diamond Valley Library and outdoor play and entertainment area, the redeveloped DVSFC will help ensure that the compound is something the Apollo Parkways community – and indeed the wider Nillumbik community – can be justly proud,” he said.

Nillumbik Leisure director Liam O’Brien of Aligned Leisure said the center is quickly becoming a key hub for a diverse range of health and wellness activities and options.

“From table tennis, badminton, dodgeball and of course basketball and netball, DVSFC is for everyone. Congratulations to everyone involved in the concept, development and realization of this incredible project,” he said.

“Aligned Leisure is delighted to offer a range of exciting opportunities in the future on behalf of Nillumbik Shire Council and the wider community.”

The Diamond Valley Sports and Fitness Center redevelopment was funded with $6 million from the Council and $10.5 million from the Government of Victoria, including $8 million from Sport and Recreation Victoria and $2.5 million from Growing Suburbs Fund.

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