You’re invited to the Somerville Recreation Centre Grand Opening

Published on 03 April 2019

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You’re invited to the Grand Opening of the Somerville Recreation Centre

3 April 2019

Mornington Peninsula Shire invites you to join us at the unveiling of the redeveloped Somerville Recreation Centre at its official opening on Saturday 4 May 2019.

A free family day out with an amazing array of activities has been planned for the whole community to celebrate the reopening of the new facility.

We look forward to seeing people of all ages and abilities coming together to see what the Centre has to offer, including basketball, netball and badminton skills clinics, as well as a range of group fitness activities. There’s also face painting, a DJ and competitions throughout the day.

Sporting fans can also get the inside scoop of what it takes to be a professional sports player while shaking hands and participating in activities with famous former Australian and local netballer Bianca Chatfield, as well as Western Port Steelers star recruit basketballer Daryl Corletto.

If you get peckish, join the CFA for a sausage sizzle throughout the day. All funds contribute to supporting our local firefighting heroes.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “this is one of the most significant community infrastructure projects that Somerville has seen! We are thrilled to be officially opening the state-of-the-art $9 million stadium on Saturday 4 May 2019”.

Watson Ward Councillor Julie Morris said “fans of basketball, badminton and netball will enjoy exciting competition as local clubs – Western Port Basketball Association, Mornington Peninsula Badminton Inc and the Baxter Indoor Netball Association – make the Somerville Recreation Centre their new home”.

“An amazing day of activities has been planned to celebrate the completion of the Somerville Recreation Centre and we look forward to seeing people of all ages coming together to enjoy this fantastic new facility,” concluded Councillor Morris.

Belgravia Leisure CEO Nick Cox said the new facility represented a great opportunity for the residents of Somerville.

“We’re excited to be taking on the operation of the Somerville Recreation Centre and are especially looking forward to working with the community and sporting groups within the municipality,” Mr Cox said.

You can also test your basketball skills by sinking a half -court shot for your chance to win $10,000 thanks to Belgravia Leisure! *


Saturday 4 May 2019
9am – 3pm
Somerville Recreation Centre – 14 Edward Street, Somerville
Official opening ceremony from 1pm
* terms and conditions apply. To learn more visit


Together with Council’s commitment of $4.3 million, in November 2017, the state government announced $1.3m funding contribution through the Sport and Recreation Victoria’s Better Indoor Stadiums Fund.

Reconstruction of the Somerville Recreation Centre commenced in February 2018 featuring:

  • four multi-sport indoor courts
  • female-friendly change rooms
  • an umpire change room
  • a first aid room
  • tournament office
  • storage and car parking.

The redevelopment will also include refurbishing the damaged community area, and better public areas in the recreation centre.

For further information about the Somerville Recreation Centre rebuild visit

PICTURE CAPTION: (L – R): Western Port Basketball Association’s Malik Jackson and George Verondais, Mornington Peninsula Badminton Inc’s Ben Huggard, Mayor Gill, Peninsula Waves’ Kelly Andrews and Jessica Whitfort and Cr Morris at the state of the art Somerville Recreation Centre Stadium.

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