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 are now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings.

We are now also seeking your feedback to name the Multi-Sport Stadium.

What’s happened so far:

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.

What’s happening now?

Darebin Road Intersection Works Update

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

The works will 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.

The works are scheduled to commence in the week beginning 19 April 2021 and are expected to be completed by mid-September 2021, subject to weather and site conditions. The entrance to JCMP will be closed to all traffic to allow for the excavation and construction of the new intersection.

A temporary entrance and car park will be provided off Ford Street 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. 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.

Expression of Interest for Court usage

The City of Darebin is currently seeking 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.

The EOI process is being 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 is 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 open on March 24 and close 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 and how to apply, please view the EOI document and the EOI guidelines and Scoring Criteria in the Document Library (to the right).

Voting to name the Multi-Sports Stadium

We have made an excellent start on construction of the facility and once the framing system is complete, you will see the MSS start to take shape.

We are now seeking your feedback to name the MSS.

Please cast your votes for your preferred name for the Multi-Sport Stadium by 2 April 2021.


How to Vote:

You can vote via email or in writing and you must include your name, address and contact details for the vote to be valid.

If you wish to object to the names you must explain why you do not support the names.

  • Email elly.michailidis@darebin.vic.gov.au quoting reference number fA1057122 in the subject line.
  • Post using the voting slip in the documents on the left of this page addressed to Elly Michailidis. Senior Property Officer at Darebin City Council, PO Box 91 Preston Vic 3072.

Stadium name options:

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

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

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

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the vote, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.


What’s happening next?

Once we receive the votes Council will officially announce the name of the MSS.

Intersection works - Following the necessary approvals the intersection and road widening works to the entrance to John Cain Memorial Park are expected to commence in April/May 2021 and be complete in August 2021.

Once complete these works will provide enhanced and safer access to the John Cain Memorial Park facilities that will accommodate a broad range of people and activities.

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

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.

We are now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings.

We are now also seeking your feedback to name the Multi-Sport Stadium.

What’s happened so far:

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.

What’s happening now?

Darebin Road Intersection Works Update

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

The works will 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.

The works are scheduled to commence in the week beginning 19 April 2021 and are expected to be completed by mid-September 2021, subject to weather and site conditions. The entrance to JCMP will be closed to all traffic to allow for the excavation and construction of the new intersection.

A temporary entrance and car park will be provided off Ford Street 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. 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.

Expression of Interest for Court usage

The City of Darebin is currently seeking 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.

The EOI process is being 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 is 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 open on March 24 and close 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 and how to apply, please view the EOI document and the EOI guidelines and Scoring Criteria in the Document Library (to the right).

Voting to name the Multi-Sports Stadium

We have made an excellent start on construction of the facility and once the framing system is complete, you will see the MSS start to take shape.

We are now seeking your feedback to name the MSS.

Please cast your votes for your preferred name for the Multi-Sport Stadium by 2 April 2021.


How to Vote:

You can vote via email or in writing and you must include your name, address and contact details for the vote to be valid.

If you wish to object to the names you must explain why you do not support the names.

  • Email elly.michailidis@darebin.vic.gov.au quoting reference number fA1057122 in the subject line.
  • Post using the voting slip in the documents on the left of this page addressed to Elly Michailidis. Senior Property Officer at Darebin City Council, PO Box 91 Preston Vic 3072.

Stadium name options:

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

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

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

If you would like to speak to someone in your preferred language about the vote, please contact us or call 8470 8470 to be connected to a Language Aide or an interpreter.


What’s happening next?

Once we receive the votes Council will officially announce the name of the MSS.

Intersection works - Following the necessary approvals the intersection and road widening works to the entrance to John Cain Memorial Park are expected to commence in April/May 2021 and be complete in August 2021.

Once complete these works will provide enhanced and safer access to the John Cain Memorial Park facilities that will accommodate a broad range of people and activities.

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

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.