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 and volleyball and will be five-star Green Star rated.

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.


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. We are now working on the design of the 4-court indoor stadium, which will be a five-star Green Star rated building.

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?

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


What’s happening next?

Council will be seeking invitations for experienced contractors to tender for the construction of the project in April 2020. Council aims to award the construction contract mid-2020 and commence construction of the MSS later in 2020.

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 and volleyball and will be five-star Green Star rated.

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.


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. We are now working on the design of the 4-court indoor stadium, which will be a five-star Green Star rated building.

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?

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


What’s happening next?

Council will be seeking invitations for experienced contractors to tender for the construction of the project in April 2020. Council aims to award the construction contract mid-2020 and commence construction of the MSS later in 2020.

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

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