Bordertown Basketball Stadium reveal new toilets

The Bordertown Basketball Stadium is doing its final drill in preparation for the club’s highly anticipated new shared-sports toilet facilities.

The club will reveal the finished facilities at a grand opening, taking place at the stadium at 2pm on Sunday October 14. 

Bordertown Basketball Committee vice president Chris Jefferies told the Chronicle that all members of the Tatiara community are invited to the event.

“We are also trialling 3 on 3 basketball at the moment so we are running some 3 on 3 games at the opening as an exhibition – we really hope people come to watch that, it’s going to be great!” 

“3 on 3 is becoming a more popular sport and we are hoping this trial goes well and we can integrate it into the basketball association.”

He said the club was expecting many people at the new toilet facility opening.

“We’ve sent invites out to the department of sport, our local parliament members, local councillors and the club’s life members,” he said.

The Bordertown Basketball Committee received $380,000 through the South Australian government’s, ‘Female Facilities Program’ to fund the refurbishments.

The program is aimed to help organisations develop inclusive, sustainable and functional female change room facilities that meet the current and future needs of the SA sporting community.

Mr Jefferies said he would like give credit to Bordertown Basketball committee members Andrew Dowling and Sally Bywater for pushing to make the funding and toilet renovations possible.

“We first put in an application for the funding but got knocked back,” he said.

“Andrew found out why we didn’t get it, recreated our application and then put it in again and we got it – Andrew is now the maintenance manager and in charge of the new toilet block.”

Mr Dowling said in order to make the application successful, the department of sport and recreation advised him to make the toilet-block plans bigger and more inclusive of other clubs. 

“We had to get other sports on board,” he said. “The uni-sex toilet block will end up being used by the hockey, soccer, cricket and basketball communities, as well as used by the school students and whenever the netball and football clubs need to use the facilities.

“We’ve also got electric taps and dryers and we run off of a rain-water system so it’s really good for the environment too.”

Mr Dowling said the toilets were in drastic need of an upgrade and had been a topic of conversation for the past five years.

“There had always been talk but we didn’t know how we were going to actually do it – getting this funding has been like winning the lottery!”