Multi-Sport Stadium

Published 17:08 - 18/10/2019 Updated 10:07 - 17/06/2021

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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.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings at the Multi-Sport Stadium and Darebin Community Sport stadium have now closed.

Narrandjeri Stadium is now the official name of the new multi-sports stadium being built at John Cain Memorial Park after being approved by Geographic Names Victoria last week.

Narrandjeri means "Women Leader" in Woi-Wurrung language, and was your clear favourite of the three names put forth for a public vote earlier in the year.

What’s happened so far:

Construction update:

Significant progress has been made on the stadium, with the construction approximately 50% complete. A majority of the inground services have been installed and the main structure and roof has been installed.

Council consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation in October 2020 who provided seven names to be considered for the new facility. These names were then shortlisted and on 22 February, Council approved three names to be voted on by the public.

Expression of Interest for Court usage

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings for the Darebin Multi Sports Stadium and Darebin Community Sports Stadium have now closed.

The EOI process was conducted to ensure a fair and transparent process for all potential user groups to register their interest in the indoor courts while the Darebin Multi Sports Stadium is under construction. The Council’s vision for the Darebin Multi Sport Stadium will not be a home base for any one club or group. However, the court space will be allocated to a variety of different user groups across a range of sport and recreation activities, to encourage shared community use of this exciting new facility.

The EOI process was specifically for groups to express their interest in ongoing bookings only. Current bookings at Darebin Community Sports Centre will remain in place until June 2022.

Guiding Principles have been developed by Council to ensure the EOI process for court usage meets the core outcomes of the vision for the facility, which are:

  • Council’s clear and long-standing commitment to gender equality and women’s rights.
  • Focus on gender equity through sport through seeking increased participation for girls, women and low-income residents.
  • Reviewing the inclusivity of facilities and programs and reducing barriers such as fees and perceptions of safety.
  • Demonstration of social inclusion activities for: people with disabilities, socioeconomic disadvantage, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ) people, older people; people from culturally diverse backgrounds and other new and emerging communities.
  • Encouragement of active and sustainable transport modes.

Applications opened on March 24 and closed May 5. Successful applicants will be notified in July 2021 and will enter into user agreements with Council and the operator of the facility.

For more information on the EOI process please view the EOI document and the EOI guidelines and Scoring Criteria in the Document Library (to the right).

Naming the MSS

Council consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation in October 2020 who provided seven names to be considered for the new facility. These names were then shortlisted and on 22 February, Council approved the following three names to be voted on by the public:

- Narrandjeri Stadium (means Women Leader in Woi Wurrung Language)

- Wayibu Birram Stadium (means Little Stars in Woi Wurrung Language)

- Balit Burnay – (means Strong Girls in Woi Wurrung Language)

Council endorsed the preferred name as voted on by the public and the name Narrandjeri Stadium was then approved by Geographic Names Victoria.

Narrandjeri Stadium is now the official name of the new multi-sports stadium being built at John Cain Memorial Park.

What’s happening now?

Darebin Road Intersection Works Update

Works have commenced to improve access and pedestrian safety at the entrance to John Cain Memorial Park (JCMP) on Darebin Road.

The works include the following:

  • New traffic signals and pedestrian crossing
  • Shared footpaths
  • Bus stop relocation
  • Landscape works
  • Kerb and channel realignment
  • New drainage pits
  • New road pavement, line marking and signage

Some trees will be removed as part of the works, however Council will be planting over 320 new trees within JCMP as part of the new Multi-Sports Stadium facility and intersection works.

Works commenced 30 April 2021 and are expected to be complete by the end of September 2021, subject to weather and site conditions. The entrance to JCMP is now closed to all traffic to allow for construction of the new intersection.

A temporary entrance and car park has been provided off Ford Crescent for JCMP patrons.

Traffic management measures will be in place to guide all road users safely through, past or around the roadworks, including the use of traffic controllers as necessary. The works will cause some disruptions although every endeavor will be made to keep this to a minimum. It is recommended that drivers plan their commute and seek alternate routes past the works site to avoid delays. Please see the Road Detour Plan and Traffic Management Plan in the documents library to the right.

All enquiries during the roadworks may be directed to Council’s contractor on-site, Liam McCaughey (ADCO Constructions) on 0400 805 345 or Council’s Contract Supervisor Nick Ellis on 8470 8888 or nick.ellis@darebin.vic.gov.au.

What’s happening next?

MSS Construction

The next key components of construction for the stadium will be the external cladding, internal fit-out works, external landscaping and pavement works. The construction is planned to be completed in December 2021.

Facility Management

Council is currently finalising the contract specification for the Management of the Multi Sports Stadium and Darebin Community Sports Stadium (DCSS).

Council will commence the process to seek experienced contractors to tender for the management of the Stadiums in June 2021.

The successful tenderer will be advised in October, with onboarding at the MSS to commence in late 2021. The MSS is set to begin formal operation from January 2022. Management of DCSS will commence in July 2022.

DCSS will continue to be managed by the current operator until June 2022, as per the current contractual arrangement.

Project Background:

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.

Watch the video about the Multi-Sport Stadium by clicking on the image below.


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 development 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.

Council is investing $35 million to develop the MSS and related infrastructure. We are grateful to have received a $2M grant towards this project through the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, in addition to $1M from the Inner City Netball Program for the recently completed outdoor netball courts.

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 cost of developing 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.

Extensive engagement has been sought during the lifetime of this project. Please see the engagement summary document for further information.

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.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings at the Multi-Sport Stadium and Darebin Community Sport stadium have now closed.

Narrandjeri Stadium is now the official name of the new multi-sports stadium being built at John Cain Memorial Park after being approved by Geographic Names Victoria last week.

Narrandjeri means "Women Leader" in Woi-Wurrung language, and was your clear favourite of the three names put forth for a public vote earlier in the year.

What’s happened so far:

Construction update:

Significant progress has been made on the stadium, with the construction approximately 50% complete. A majority of the inground services have been installed and the main structure and roof has been installed.

Council consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation in October 2020 who provided seven names to be considered for the new facility. These names were then shortlisted and on 22 February, Council approved three names to be voted on by the public.

Expression of Interest for Court usage

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings for the Darebin Multi Sports Stadium and Darebin Community Sports Stadium have now closed.

The EOI process was conducted to ensure a fair and transparent process for all potential user groups to register their interest in the indoor courts while the Darebin Multi Sports Stadium is under construction. The Council’s vision for the Darebin Multi Sport Stadium will not be a home base for any one club or group. However, the court space will be allocated to a variety of different user groups across a range of sport and recreation activities, to encourage shared community use of this exciting new facility.

The EOI process was specifically for groups to express their interest in ongoing bookings only. Current bookings at Darebin Community Sports Centre will remain in place until June 2022.

Guiding Principles have been developed by Council to ensure the EOI process for court usage meets the core outcomes of the vision for the facility, which are:

  • Council’s clear and long-standing commitment to gender equality and women’s rights.
  • Focus on gender equity through sport through seeking increased participation for girls, women and low-income residents.
  • Reviewing the inclusivity of facilities and programs and reducing barriers such as fees and perceptions of safety.
  • Demonstration of social inclusion activities for: people with disabilities, socioeconomic disadvantage, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ) people, older people; people from culturally diverse backgrounds and other new and emerging communities.
  • Encouragement of active and sustainable transport modes.

Applications opened on March 24 and closed May 5. Successful applicants will be notified in July 2021 and will enter into user agreements with Council and the operator of the facility.

For more information on the EOI process please view the EOI document and the EOI guidelines and Scoring Criteria in the Document Library (to the right).

Naming the MSS

Council consulted with the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation in October 2020 who provided seven names to be considered for the new facility. These names were then shortlisted and on 22 February, Council approved the following three names to be voted on by the public:

- Narrandjeri Stadium (means Women Leader in Woi Wurrung Language)

- Wayibu Birram Stadium (means Little Stars in Woi Wurrung Language)

- Balit Burnay – (means Strong Girls in Woi Wurrung Language)

Council endorsed the preferred name as voted on by the public and the name Narrandjeri Stadium was then approved by Geographic Names Victoria.

Narrandjeri Stadium is now the official name of the new multi-sports stadium being built at John Cain Memorial Park.

What’s happening now?

Darebin Road Intersection Works Update

Works have commenced to improve access and pedestrian safety at the entrance to John Cain Memorial Park (JCMP) on Darebin Road.

The works include the following:

  • New traffic signals and pedestrian crossing
  • Shared footpaths
  • Bus stop relocation
  • Landscape works
  • Kerb and channel realignment
  • New drainage pits
  • New road pavement, line marking and signage

Some trees will be removed as part of the works, however Council will be planting over 320 new trees within JCMP as part of the new Multi-Sports Stadium facility and intersection works.

Works commenced 30 April 2021 and are expected to be complete by the end of September 2021, subject to weather and site conditions. The entrance to JCMP is now closed to all traffic to allow for construction of the new intersection.

A temporary entrance and car park has been provided off Ford Crescent for JCMP patrons.

Traffic management measures will be in place to guide all road users safely through, past or around the roadworks, including the use of traffic controllers as necessary. The works will cause some disruptions although every endeavor will be made to keep this to a minimum. It is recommended that drivers plan their commute and seek alternate routes past the works site to avoid delays. Please see the Road Detour Plan and Traffic Management Plan in the documents library to the right.

All enquiries during the roadworks may be directed to Council’s contractor on-site, Liam McCaughey (ADCO Constructions) on 0400 805 345 or Council’s Contract Supervisor Nick Ellis on 8470 8888 or nick.ellis@darebin.vic.gov.au.

What’s happening next?

MSS Construction

The next key components of construction for the stadium will be the external cladding, internal fit-out works, external landscaping and pavement works. The construction is planned to be completed in December 2021.

Facility Management

Council is currently finalising the contract specification for the Management of the Multi Sports Stadium and Darebin Community Sports Stadium (DCSS).

Council will commence the process to seek experienced contractors to tender for the management of the Stadiums in June 2021.

The successful tenderer will be advised in October, with onboarding at the MSS to commence in late 2021. The MSS is set to begin formal operation from January 2022. Management of DCSS will commence in July 2022.

DCSS will continue to be managed by the current operator until June 2022, as per the current contractual arrangement.

Project Background:

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.

Watch the video about the Multi-Sport Stadium by clicking on the image below.


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 development 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.

Council is investing $35 million to develop the MSS and related infrastructure. We are grateful to have received a $2M grant towards this project through the Victorian Government’s Local Sports Infrastructure Fund, in addition to $1M from the Inner City Netball Program for the recently completed outdoor netball courts.

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 cost of developing 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.

Extensive engagement has been sought during the lifetime of this project. Please see the engagement summary document for further information.