This sporting infrastructure will provide much needed facilities for a range of court-sports including netball, basketball, volleyball and badminton; and it will greatly bolster opportunities for women and girls in Darebin to participate in sport and physical activity. Council hopes to work closely with the Victorian State Government in the development of this facility, including accessing State Government funding earmarked for the development of 64 outdoor netball courts across inner Melbourne.
Consultants with detailed experience in developing sport and leisure facilities were appointed by Council to develop a site assessment process focused on identifying potential locations that could accommodate;
- a three court indoor highball stadium
- associated administration, change facilities and other expected amenity.
- four outdoor netball courts
- adequate car parking to service the proposed facility
As part of the site assessment process a range sites were identified that were physically big enough to fit this facility, this included Council owned properties, brownfield, private and industrial land available for purchase. Out of all the brownfield, industrial and privately owned sites identified only a few were of sufficient size for this development, however the cost of purchase, remediation and construction of this facility on a privately owned or brown field site would see the total project cost exceed $45million - over 300 per cent of the cost of constructing it on a Council owned site. For this reason they were considered cost prohibitive and excluded from further consideration in this process.
At the conclusion of the capacity assessment process the 35 identified sites were reduced to just six feasible sites.
A key outcome of the process was to produce an independent assessment supported by an evidence based investigation. This information will tabled at the Council meeting of Monday 21 September 2015 and available for public download from Friday 18 September from the Meeting, Agendas and Minutes page.
Feedback received from the community consultation process was overwhelmingly positive - both on the need and the scale of the proposed facility. More than 75 per cent of respondents believed development of the Darebin Multi-Sports Stadium might increase participation in sport and physical activity. This feedback was considered in the process outlined above. The consultation summary and full report will also be available on 18 September.
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