Major sports hub open for business
A new home for Victorian sports administration and the FINA World Swimming Championships organisers opened today at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC).
Opening the new Sports House, the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Justin Madden, said the building would improve Melbourne’s ability to manage major events and support the administration of elite and grassroots sport.
“Sports Hosue is the perfect addition to Melbourne’s outstanding range of world-class sporting venues and a fantastic use of a former school building that has been vacant for a number of years.”
MSAC Sports House will be the home of the 2007 World Swimming Championships organisers and offer permanent residency to the Melbourne School of Sport and Recreation Management and Sports Medicine Australia.
“Sports House is now Melbourne’s hub for training, management and information for both elite level and community sport and recreation,” Mr Madden said.
Sports House has been developed in Albert Park, on the site of the former Distance Education Centre and South Melbourne Technical College. The Bracks Government invested $11 million towards the site and its redevelopment. Sports House will be managed by the State Sport Centres Trust.
Sports House also complements the new world-class pool developed for the Commonwealth Games.
“In the future, Sports House will also be available to our state sporting associations, providing them with access to administration support, office space and professional development services,” Mr Madden said.