Council is developing 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, and even roller derby. Purpose-built and fully accessible, the MSS will create more opportunities for women and girls in Darebin to participate in sport and exercise.
Once complete, the stadium will offer three courts in the main hall and a fourth show court for exhibition games and other special events. The facility will achieve a sustainability rating of 5-star Green Star certification.
Construction of the facility is now underway and on-track for completion in late 2021.
The early works package to deliver four new outdoor netball courts at John Cain Memorial Court is now complete. These courts will cater to the high demand for quality netball facilities within Darebin.
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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.
May 2021 update:
Darebin City Council has begun the tender process for the construction of the new NARC facility and we anticipate the contract will be awarded by September 2021, with the closure of NARC expected after this. We’ll have more information on the exact closure date once the contract is awarded, and we’ll give NARC users and members as much notice of this as possible.
In the meantime, it’s “business as usual”. We’ll be keeping the programs and services at NARC operational for the next few months until at least mid-September, in line with the end of the third school term. Rest assured, swimming lessons and group fitness classes will be on for a few months yet!
Once the contractor has been appointed for NARC’s construction, we’ll provide further updates. Subscribe to our Your Say page to stay-up-to-date with the latest information.
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.
Early in 2020, proposed concept designs were made available for community feedback. Thank you to all those in the community who participated during the consultation, this valuable feedback has been reviewed and has informed some changes to the design with detailed drawings now in progress.
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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. Further to this work, we are now undertaking a study to understand what opportunities exist for the redevelopment of the RLC to enhance the health, wellbeing and socio-economic outcomes to the East Reservoir area.
RLC Health Wellbeing and Socio-Economic Impacts Discussion Paper
In May 2019, Council resolved to engage a principal consultant to develop a discussion paper investigating what opportunities for health, wellbeing and socio-economic outcomes the redevelopment of the Reservoir Leisure Centre could achieve for the Reservoir community.
Applying a holistic public health and community development framework, the consultant will build on the feasibility study, which was informed by community consultation throughout 2019.Council is in the final stages of awarding the contract. The project is anticipated to start in late June and run through to the end of October 2020.
We will bring you more updates as this project progresses.
RLC renewal works update
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.
As of June 2020, works are well underway to renew the roof over the group fitness rooms room at RLC. These works include structural works, a new roof, guttering, flashing, down pipes for the group fitness rooms, along with new air conditioning systems, new ceilings and lighting. Works are expected to be complete at the end of June. Cost of works is approximately $380,000.
If you have questions or require further information about major projects happening in Sport and Leisure, please contact:
T: 8470 8503