Stadium roof leaks not so swish

Eagle Stadium. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

More than 150 young basketball players had their games cancelled in a single weekend this month because of a leaking roof at Eagle Stadium.

The Werribee Basketball Association is calling for the roof to be repaired after months of inaction.

Association president Paul Jones said since the winter 2017 season, the leaking roof has lead to game cancellations affecting 1000-plus participants.

He said that on the weekend of May 12, more than 150 players, aged between eight and 15, were told they couldn’t play on some of the stadium’s courts because of safety risks.

The WBA is a tenant of the Werribee stadium, which is owned by the Wyndham council and managed by Western Leisure Services (WLS).

Mr Jones said it was not always possible for the WBA to move or reschedule games.

“Werribee Basketball is frustrated by the ongoing issues with Eagle Stadium’s roof and we are calling on Wyndham city council to address the issues,” he said.

Scotty Mac, a basketball player whose children also play basketball, said some youngsters were in tears at the weekend after being told their games had been cancelled.

Mr Mac said that since the stadium was officially opened in June, 2016, it had suffered from leaking toilets and malfunctioning drinking fountains and air-conditioning.

“It’s a bloody joke and something needs to be done about it,” he said.

Wyndham city life director Jenny McMahon said WLS was required to close a court at the stadium on May 12 for seven hours “due to safety concerns regarding a leak in the roof” caused by heavy rainfall.

“Eagle Stadium has been experiencing re-occurring issues with the roof leaking,” Ms McMahon said.

“The builder of this facility is responsible for resolving these issues, and council has been working with them, the architect and contractors.

“We share the frustrations of the community and are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible, while also ensuring that ratepayers’ money is not spent on fixing something that a contractor is responsible for.”