What is the need for this project?

    The Port Noarlunga Sports Ground has a number of buildings and structures servicing the oval and courts. Some of these facilities have reached the end of their asset life and require renewal. This is particularly relevant to the changeroom facilities, which are no longer compliant with standards and do not cater for the growing participation in women’s AFL.

    The distance of the current club rooms from the oval also limits the safety of users (eg. crossing the carpark to get to the oval) and limits opportunities to use the club facilities in conjunction with sports activities on the oval and courts.

    What facilities will be included in the new multi-use sports building?

    It is highly likely that the building will need to be delivered over two stages, due to budget parameters.

    A key priority will be the delivery of new unisex AFL changerooms to replace the current facilities which are in poor condition and do not meet current requirements.

    Provision of new social/function, spectator and kiosk facilities adjacent the oval and courts is also planned for the first stage of the development, as well as new publicly accessible toilets. 

    An expansion of these social/function facilities is envisaged as part of the second stage of development.

    Stage 2 of the development will also include new netball/tennis changeroom facilities, and improvements to the site. 

    What will happen to the existing clubrooms and changerooms?

    We anticipate that most of the existing facilities will need to be retained until both stages of the new building have been completed. This will help to minimise disruption to club activities during construction.  Once all new facilities are provided, the existing buildings will be demolished. 

    It is anticipated that the area of the current buildings will become a car-parking area in the future, adjacent to the new multi-use building.

    How long will the design process take?

    The concept design phase of the project is expected to be complete in early 2021.

    Once a preferred design is selected, the project will progress to detailed design. This second stage of design is anticipated to be complete by mid 2021.

    When is the new building expected to be constructed and ready for community use?

    At this stage Council has committed $1.0M to the first stage of the development, subject to receipt of matching external funding. A further $0.55M is committed to a future second stage, also subject to matching external funding. 

    Council is actively pursuing external funding opportunities. Once external funding is secured we will be able to confirm what facilities are possible to deliver through the first stage of the project, and the timeframe for construction.  

    Provided sufficient external funding is received within the next six months, we anticipate that the building will commence construction in late 2021 – early 2022.

    What else will the design of this new building consider?

    As well as providing functional facilities to support sport activities, the design of the building will also consider:

    • Sustainability and Amenity to ensure that the building is energy and water efficient and maximises the use of natural light and ventilation.
    • Accessibility and Safety to ensure that the building and surrounding pedestrian and spectator areas are welcoming, safe and accessible for all users.
    • Durability of the building, to ensure that it is easy and cost-effective to maintain and has a long asset life.