North Park Multipurpose Clubroom Development

The community is invited to stay informed on the progress of the North Park Multipurpose Clubroom Project.  

North Park currently provides a great opportunity for organised and casual community participation throughout the reserve for many individuals and groups.

There has been significant consultation and specific projects undertaken in recent years since a tour of neighbouring developments in Moyston, Beaufort and Rupanyup in November 2010 to the completion of a master plan in 2011. Outcomes of the master plan have been completed with projects exceeding $1m such as a state of the art synthetic athletics track, upgraded netball courts, tennis court lighting with synthetic surfaces, sports oval lighting, upgraded cricket training nets, flood mitigation ponds, walking paths and associated landscaping.

This clubroom project is for the final designs and construction of a multipurpose facility that will contain multi-sport female friendly and unisex change rooms, public amenities and social space.

In January 2018 council formed the Stawell Recreation Advisory Group to provide participation in higher level projects around reserves such as North Park and Central Park and since May’s announcement of funding from the State Government, has provided significant input into the first stage of concept design for the new clubroom facility.

This project will progress now to full design, then anticipated commencement of construction in September 2019 with completion estimated to be September 2020.

Overview

In May 2018 Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford and Ripon Labor candidate, Sarah de Santis handed the cheque over to members and sponsors of Swifts Football Netball Club, the primary user of North Park.

The Stawell Recreation Advisory Group is currently in the consultation and decision-making process of how to best use the funding allocated.

Advisory Group chair and Northern Grampians Shire Councillor Murray Emerson said the group is hard at work to get plans finalised.

“The plans are being finalised and will soon go back to the advisory group to be signed off,” he said.

“The new facility will incorporate changerooms, umpire rooms, warm-up space, club medical facilities and social areas."

“North Park has been calling out for an upgrade for more than 15 years and we are really pleased to see that it is now happening.”

The upgrade project will total in excess of $1.8 million. $700,000 has been committed by the State Government, $900,000 from the Northern Grampians Shire Council and $150,000 from CKS Swifts Football Netball Club.

“There are many organisations, all important to our community, located at North Park and they will all benefit from the new location of the clubrooms, which will be on the higher part of the complex between the netball, football and athletics track,” Cr Emerson said.

Engagement

Appointed Stawell Recreation Advisory Group members

January 2018

Funding announced - Swifts and advisory group

May 2018

Concept designs finalised - advisory group

August 2018 to February 2019

Finalise construction designs - advisory group

May 2019

Project

Appoint architect to undertake design - awarded to JMA Architects

November 2018

Finalise concept designs through the recreation advisory group

February 2019

Finalise designs for tender to construct

May 2019

Open tenders for construction

June 2019

Appoint successful tenderer for construction

August 2019

Construction start

September 2019

Construction completed

September 2020

Housewarming! Time for our local clubs to enjoy their new facilities 

August - September 2020

How will the construction impact on existing sports and use of the reserve?

Minimal impact is expected. The site chosen will be where the existing public toilet block is located (between netball courts, main oval and athletics track) therefore the current changerooms will remain in place for use. Construction fencing will be erected around the site for safety.

Will temporary toilets be put in place during the project?

Yes. council will install temporary toilets during the construction phase.

How long will the construction take?

Final design is in the process now until March and construction is expected to start in June 2019 with completion by July 2020.

What is the total cost?

Council is in the process of developing a cost structure and the total project cost is expected to be around $3M.

Who is paying for it?

$700,000 has been committed by the State Government, $900,000 from the Northern Grampians Shire Council and $150,000 from Swifts Football Netball Club. Council continues to source funds to assist the project investment such as grants, internal services and loans.

Will the new building have cost-saving devices for future sustainability?

Yes. The construction will utilise the best available products to reduce energy use and costs. Solar panels will be considered as a part of the project development.

Will other buildings be demolished to make way for this project and what it will provide?

No other buildings are planned to be removed during this project. Once the project is complete then the existing clubroom will be removed by council in a planned approach.