Multi-Sport Stadium

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Council is developing a Multi-Sport Stadium (MSS) at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury. The facility will have four indoor courts for a range of sports such as netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and roller derby and will be a 5 star Green Star certified building

We’re building the MSS to enhance the health and well-being of Darebin residents by helping more people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

The MSS is one of Council’s 16 big actions that was identified as a priority by the Darebin community.


Benefits of MSS to the community

Responding to the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic remains Council’s priority. As part of this effort, we are committed to progressing strategic capital works projects that will boost the local economy.

The development of the MSS is a multi-year project that, along with ensuring residents have access to much-needed space for indoor sports and exercise, will provide economic benefits to the community for years to come.

The Victorian Government will contribute $2 million to the $24.8 million project, which is projected to create more than 116 jobs over its lifetime and contribute $14.05 million to the economy during construction.

A report from Michael Connell and Associates estimated construction activity will generate 89 FTE onsite construction jobs and 18 jobs in the materials and equipment supply sectors. When operational, there will be 9.5 FTE jobs for operations and staffing of the MSS.

The immediate spend on the MSS in the 20/21 budget is $8M, to finalise the detailed design phase of the project and commence construction.

The total $24.8M allocated for the development of the MSS is spread throughout the life of the multi-year project and does not impact Council’s ability to support the community in response to the pandemic.


What’s happened so far?

A Major Regional Leisure Facilities Feasibility Study was conducted in 2014, which highlighted the lack of indoor sporting infrastructure in the south of Darebin.

John Cain Memorial Park (JCMP) was selected as the preferred location in 2017.

Council awarded the contract to develop the design of the MSS to Brand Architects in April 2019. The design team has worked over the past 16 months on the development of designs for the 4 court stadium, which will achieve a 5 star Green Star sustainability rating.

The first phase of this project is underway, with the construction of four new outdoor netball courts. Expected to be complete in October 2020, these courts will cater to the high demand for quality netball facilities within Darebin.


Engagement summary

The design process of the MSS facility has been informed by consultation with state sporting associations such as Netball Victoria and Basketball Victoria.

Sport and Recreation Victoria has also been engaged throughout the lifespan of the project and has been consulted on design developments.

Consultation sessions for the community were held in October and November 2019. We received feedback from a range of participants including:

  • Local residents
  • John Cain Memorial Park tenants and sporting club representatives
  • Local sporting associations and clubs (basketball, netball, soccer, futsal)

The following key themes emerged in the feedback from the community:

  • Attendees were in support of the MSS facility and the benefits the new facility will provide to the community regarding sports participation and access to quality sporting facilities.
  • Concerns were raised regarding the available car park spaces, lighting, traffic congestion, operational noises within JCMP.
  • Construction impacts were raised as a concern including noise, dust, timing of works and overall duration of construction.
  • The use of Agg Street as an alternate entry/exit was perceived to be a concern due to the increased traffic.
  • The intersection and entrance at JCMP and Bunnings was perceived to be a safety concern and there was a general consensus the current intersection does not function properly.

Further development of the designs and construction specifications have responded to the feedback received during the consultation process and have been incorporated where possible.


What’s happening now?

Council is delighted to announce it will receive a $2 million contribution to this project through the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

At the ordinary Council meeting held on Monday 20 July 2020, Council resolved to award the construction contract to ADCO Constructions, following a stringent and extremely competitive tender process. The construction contract is for works to build the new MSS facility within John Cain Memorial Park.

The decision to adopt an external management model for when the new facility becomes operational was also endorsed at this Council meeting. This means Council will engage an external leisure management company to manage the operations of the facility. Council will be seeking invitations for experienced contractors to tender for the management of the facility in 2021.


What’s happening next?

Construction of the facility is expected to start in September 2020 and be completed by November 2021.

Council will soon be undertaking an Expression of Interest process for court usage for local sports and community clubs. More details on this EOI process will be available shortly.

Stay tuned and subscribe (on the right) to be kept up to date on the project.


Council is developing a Multi-Sport Stadium (MSS) at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury. The facility will have four indoor courts for a range of sports such as netball, basketball, badminton, volleyball and roller derby and will be a 5 star Green Star certified building

We’re building the MSS to enhance the health and well-being of Darebin residents by helping more people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

The MSS is one of Council’s 16 big actions that was identified as a priority by the Darebin community.


Benefits of MSS to the community

Responding to the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic remains Council’s priority. As part of this effort, we are committed to progressing strategic capital works projects that will boost the local economy.

The development of the MSS is a multi-year project that, along with ensuring residents have access to much-needed space for indoor sports and exercise, will provide economic benefits to the community for years to come.

The Victorian Government will contribute $2 million to the $24.8 million project, which is projected to create more than 116 jobs over its lifetime and contribute $14.05 million to the economy during construction.

A report from Michael Connell and Associates estimated construction activity will generate 89 FTE onsite construction jobs and 18 jobs in the materials and equipment supply sectors. When operational, there will be 9.5 FTE jobs for operations and staffing of the MSS.

The immediate spend on the MSS in the 20/21 budget is $8M, to finalise the detailed design phase of the project and commence construction.

The total $24.8M allocated for the development of the MSS is spread throughout the life of the multi-year project and does not impact Council’s ability to support the community in response to the pandemic.


What’s happened so far?

A Major Regional Leisure Facilities Feasibility Study was conducted in 2014, which highlighted the lack of indoor sporting infrastructure in the south of Darebin.

John Cain Memorial Park (JCMP) was selected as the preferred location in 2017.

Council awarded the contract to develop the design of the MSS to Brand Architects in April 2019. The design team has worked over the past 16 months on the development of designs for the 4 court stadium, which will achieve a 5 star Green Star sustainability rating.

The first phase of this project is underway, with the construction of four new outdoor netball courts. Expected to be complete in October 2020, these courts will cater to the high demand for quality netball facilities within Darebin.


Engagement summary

The design process of the MSS facility has been informed by consultation with state sporting associations such as Netball Victoria and Basketball Victoria.

Sport and Recreation Victoria has also been engaged throughout the lifespan of the project and has been consulted on design developments.

Consultation sessions for the community were held in October and November 2019. We received feedback from a range of participants including:

  • Local residents
  • John Cain Memorial Park tenants and sporting club representatives
  • Local sporting associations and clubs (basketball, netball, soccer, futsal)

The following key themes emerged in the feedback from the community:

  • Attendees were in support of the MSS facility and the benefits the new facility will provide to the community regarding sports participation and access to quality sporting facilities.
  • Concerns were raised regarding the available car park spaces, lighting, traffic congestion, operational noises within JCMP.
  • Construction impacts were raised as a concern including noise, dust, timing of works and overall duration of construction.
  • The use of Agg Street as an alternate entry/exit was perceived to be a concern due to the increased traffic.
  • The intersection and entrance at JCMP and Bunnings was perceived to be a safety concern and there was a general consensus the current intersection does not function properly.

Further development of the designs and construction specifications have responded to the feedback received during the consultation process and have been incorporated where possible.


What’s happening now?

Council is delighted to announce it will receive a $2 million contribution to this project through the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.

At the ordinary Council meeting held on Monday 20 July 2020, Council resolved to award the construction contract to ADCO Constructions, following a stringent and extremely competitive tender process. The construction contract is for works to build the new MSS facility within John Cain Memorial Park.

The decision to adopt an external management model for when the new facility becomes operational was also endorsed at this Council meeting. This means Council will engage an external leisure management company to manage the operations of the facility. Council will be seeking invitations for experienced contractors to tender for the management of the facility in 2021.


What’s happening next?

Construction of the facility is expected to start in September 2020 and be completed by November 2021.

Council will soon be undertaking an Expression of Interest process for court usage for local sports and community clubs. More details on this EOI process will be available shortly.

Stay tuned and subscribe (on the right) to be kept up to date on the project.