Council has endorsed the development of a Multi-Sport Stadium (MSS) at John Cain Memorial Park in Thornbury.
This community facility will provide a much-needed space for a range of court sports including; netball, basketball, volleyball, futsal and badminton. Purpose-built and fully accessible, the MSS will create more opportunities for women and girls in Darebin to participate in sport and exercise.
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.
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.
You are invited to attend one of the following community information sessions to get an update and to provide your feedback on this project:
Wednesday 30 October 6–8pm
Wednesday 13 November 6–8pm
Northcote City Football Club Function Room, Clarendon Road, Thornbury
Can’t attend these sessions? Visit the MSS project page on Your Say for the latest information and subscribe to receive updates via email.
Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre
The renewal of the Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre (NARC) is part of our 2017-2021 Council Plan, supporting our goal to expand opportunities for participation and social connection through sport, physical activity and other leisure activities.
The project is still in its early stages, and we will bring you updates as it progresses. Here’s an overview of what we have worked on so far:
In late 2017 through to early 2018 we listened to your feedback. Consultation with NARC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre contributed to a feasibility study.
Overall the feasibility study and community consultation found that NARC is a highly valued and utilised community asset, however it is not meeting the current needs of the community. While the facility has been upgraded over the years, as it was built in 1968, a new facility needs to be developed to cater for existing and future needs. This brings with it an opportunity to make significant improvements to the functionality and services offered at NARC.
The feasibility study was considered by Council in September 2018, and in June 2019 Council awarded the contract for the design of the new facility to Warren and Mahoney Architects Australia.
As the project progresses, we look forward to providing updates for a community-focused, welcoming and innovative NARC facility.
To follow this project, head to the Your Say project page where you can subscribe to receive updates via email.
Reservoir Leisure Centre
We are exploring how a range of redevelopment options for Reservoir Leisure Centre can help realise our goal of expanding opportunities for participation and social connection through sport, exercise and leisure activities in Darebin.
In June 2019 we carried out community consultation to gather feedback from RLC users and members, local residents, community groups and local schools who use the centre. This is currently under review and will be published in a feasibility study to be considered by Council later this year.
We will bring you more updates as this project progresses.
While planning for the long term future of the facility is being worked on, a program of immediate facility improvements is underway. Recent works that have been completed include: new school change rooms, family change cubicles, reception refresh, tiling of pool columns, first aid room improvements, a fresh coat of paint for the exterior, new pool filters, and improved air handling systems for the pool hall. More improvements are planned to be delivered in this financial year.
If you have questions or require further information about major projects happening in Sport and Leisure, please contact:
T: 8470 8503