Narrandjeri Stadium

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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.

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.

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.


Public Art Commission

Darebin Council is thrilled to announce a major new integrated art commission has been awarded to esteemed Melbourne artist Esther Stewart. Stewart will design and develop a permanent integrated artwork to the large bank of glass window areas at the Narrandjeri Stadium entry and café, as well as a large-scale wall-based artwork to be displayed in the interior foyer space.

See media release for more information.


Construction Update

Significant progress has been made on the stadium, with the construction approximately 80% complete. Most of the external cladding to the building has been installed, and the key components now are the internal fit-out works, external landscaping and pavement works.

Unfortunately the project completion date is now estimated to be March 2022. This is due to delays caused by State Government Covid-19 restrictions resulting in disruptions to the construction industry.


Darebin Road Intersection Works Update

The Darebin Road works are completed and the intersection is now operational.

Parking Changes

Parking arrangements have changed along Darebin Road as part of the new works. These changes include the removal of on street parking along Darebin Road between Arthur Street and the entrance to John Cain Memorial Park. These changes have been implemented to ensure the traffic flow and safety is maintained along the road network. The new parking arrangements will continue to be monitored over the coming months.

Ample car parking is available at the Arthur Street carpark, which is a short walk (less than 100m) to factory outlets and accessible carpark bays will be provided.

Changed Traffic Conditions – Sparks Avenue

Traffic conditions at the intersection of Sparkes Avenue and Darebin Rd has also changed. Right hand turn access will not be allowed from Sparks Avenue onto Darebin Road. These changes were implemented to ensure the traffic flow and safety is maintained for road users. Advanced “no right-hand turn” signs will be installed at the intersection of Steane Street and Sparks Avenue to advise drivers of these changed conditions. All east bound drivers should use Steane Street and Grange Road to access Darebin Road. These arrangements will continue to be monitored over the coming months.

All enquiries regarding these items may be directed to Nick Ellis, Senior Project Manager on 8470 8888 or nick.ellis@darebin.vic.gov.au.


Expression of Interest for Court Usage

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings for Narrandjeri 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. Council’s vision for Narrandjeri Stadium will that it 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 were 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.

Successful applicants were notified in October 2021 and will enter into User Agreements with the operator of the facility once appointed.


Facility Management

Council is assessing the tender submissions received for the Management of Narrandjeri Stadium and Darebin Community Sports Stadium (DCSS).

The successful tenderer will be advised in November, with onboarding at Narrandjeri Stadium to commence in late 2021, and operations at the stadium to commence in early 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 Narrandjeri Stadium to enhance the health and well-being of Darebin residents by helping more people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

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

Watch the video about the Stadium by clicking on the image below.



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.

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.

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.


Public Art Commission

Darebin Council is thrilled to announce a major new integrated art commission has been awarded to esteemed Melbourne artist Esther Stewart. Stewart will design and develop a permanent integrated artwork to the large bank of glass window areas at the Narrandjeri Stadium entry and café, as well as a large-scale wall-based artwork to be displayed in the interior foyer space.

See media release for more information.


Construction Update

Significant progress has been made on the stadium, with the construction approximately 80% complete. Most of the external cladding to the building has been installed, and the key components now are the internal fit-out works, external landscaping and pavement works.

Unfortunately the project completion date is now estimated to be March 2022. This is due to delays caused by State Government Covid-19 restrictions resulting in disruptions to the construction industry.


Darebin Road Intersection Works Update

The Darebin Road works are completed and the intersection is now operational.

Parking Changes

Parking arrangements have changed along Darebin Road as part of the new works. These changes include the removal of on street parking along Darebin Road between Arthur Street and the entrance to John Cain Memorial Park. These changes have been implemented to ensure the traffic flow and safety is maintained along the road network. The new parking arrangements will continue to be monitored over the coming months.

Ample car parking is available at the Arthur Street carpark, which is a short walk (less than 100m) to factory outlets and accessible carpark bays will be provided.

Changed Traffic Conditions – Sparks Avenue

Traffic conditions at the intersection of Sparkes Avenue and Darebin Rd has also changed. Right hand turn access will not be allowed from Sparks Avenue onto Darebin Road. These changes were implemented to ensure the traffic flow and safety is maintained for road users. Advanced “no right-hand turn” signs will be installed at the intersection of Steane Street and Sparks Avenue to advise drivers of these changed conditions. All east bound drivers should use Steane Street and Grange Road to access Darebin Road. These arrangements will continue to be monitored over the coming months.

All enquiries regarding these items may be directed to Nick Ellis, Senior Project Manager on 8470 8888 or nick.ellis@darebin.vic.gov.au.


Expression of Interest for Court Usage

Expressions of Interest (EOI) from clubs and associations for the allocation of indoor court bookings for Narrandjeri 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. Council’s vision for Narrandjeri Stadium will that it 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 were 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.

Successful applicants were notified in October 2021 and will enter into User Agreements with the operator of the facility once appointed.


Facility Management

Council is assessing the tender submissions received for the Management of Narrandjeri Stadium and Darebin Community Sports Stadium (DCSS).

The successful tenderer will be advised in November, with onboarding at Narrandjeri Stadium to commence in late 2021, and operations at the stadium to commence in early 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 Narrandjeri Stadium to enhance the health and well-being of Darebin residents by helping more people to get involved in sport and physical activity.

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

Watch the video about the Stadium by clicking on the image below.



  • Benefits to the Community - Covid-19 response

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    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 Narrandjeri Stadium 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 Stadium.

    Council is investing $35 million to develop the Stadium 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 Stadium in the 20/21 budget is $8M, to finalise the detailed design phase of the project and commence construction.

    The cost of developing Narrandjeri Stadium 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.


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