Will there be more car parking on site, and upgrade to the intersection on Darebin Road?

     We understand that the precinct already accommodates a wide range of sporting codes and events, and as part of this project Council has completed a Traffic Management Assessment to inform parking requirements for the site, including the new stadium and outdoor courts.

    This project will incorporate new parking around the stadium and intersection treatments works on Darebin Road to improve access to the precinct are being explored.

    What will be in the new facility?

    The MSS facility will include:

    • 4 indoor courts; made up of three playing courts in one hall, and one separated show court in another hall.
    • Player change rooms, public amenities and a Changing Places
    • Community meeting and function space
    • Reception and café
    • Car parking and landscaping elements
    • Traffic intersection treatments at Darebin Road are being investigated

    Council is delivering on an early works package of the facility, with the following currently under construction:

    • 4 outdoor netball courts, support amenities and lighting

    What sports will be played?

    The show court will be lined for netball and basketball. The remaining 3 courts will be lined for netball, basketball, volleyball and badminton. The court lines will not limit the capacity for the facility to host a range of other sporting and leisure activities.

    Who will manage the facility?

    At the ordinary Council meeting on July 20, Council endorsed an external management model for when the new facility becomes operational. 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.

    The model adopted was the recommended approach based on a consultants’ report investigate the most effective management model to provide the most value and opportunities to leverage social outcomes for the community. 

    How much is Council spending on the MSS?

    Council is investing $35 million to develop the Multi-Sport Stadium and related infrastructure to address the identified gap in the provision of indoor sports to support community members of all ages, gender and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity. 

    Council is grateful to receive 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 cost for the development of the MSS is spread across the life of this multi-year project and does not impact Council’s ability to support Darebin’s residents and local businesses and organisations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Who will have access to the facility and court space?

    The facility will be available to all community members. Council will undertake an Expression of Interest process for interested Associations and Clubs for regular court usage in the near future.

    What is the timeline for construction?

    Council intends to award the construction contract in June 2020, and works to are to commence shortly after. We anticipate construction to take approximately 12-18 months.

    More sports, more noise?

    Treatments for the new facility will be designed to minimise the noise impacts to surrounding areas.We will incorporate acoustic and thermal insulation treatments / materials to mitigate operational noise.

    The outdoor netball courts are being constructed within a Public Park Recreation (PPR) zone and amplified noise will comply with state and local noise laws.

    Will there be more lighting within the Precinct?

    The development of the MSS will include external lighting, specifically within the car park areas for public safety and amenity. This lighting will be designed within accordance of Australian Standards and obtrusive lighting codes.

    Will there be disruption on the site while facilities are being constructed?

    There will be some disruption during construction and Council will endeavour to ensure operations for existing tenants will be maintained. Any disruption that may affect local residents such as the intersection upgrade will be communicated well in advance.

    What is happening with the outdoor netball courts?

    The works on the outdoor courts have been delayed due to contamination within the soil. Remedial works for the safe removal of asbestos were completed in April 2019. Works are planned to recommence towards the end of 2019, with a proposed completion date of June 2020.