Lord Nelson Park


Lord Nelson Park St Arnaud is regarded as the main sporting venue in the North Central Region of Victoria, providing community facilities and sporting and recreational infrastructure. Lord Nelson Park is home to a range of activities including football, netball, harness racing, hockey and cricket as well as the St Arnaud Agricultural Show.

Through the creation of the 2015 Lord Nelson Park St Arnaud Precinct Plan, a 10 Year Plan, the vision is:

"Lord Nelson Park is a sensational, modern, well used and safe sport, recreation and community hub in the region" 

Northern Grampians Shire Council has identified that the infrastructure at the park is aged and many facilities no longer meet all of the requirements of the users, both in amenity and functionality. The usage of Lord Nelson Park has been increasing and this has also put pressure on existing facilities. With the rationalisation of recreational assets across the region there is need for a critical review of the precinct design, accessibility and shared use to ensure the venue is able to cater in the future for the wide and varied users.

In January 2018 council formed the St Arnaud Recreation Advisory Group to provide participation in higher level projects around the Lord Nelson Park reserve and since the May 2019 announcement of funding from the State Government, the group has provided significant input into the first stages of concept design for the new clubroom facility.

The community is invited to stay informed on the progress of the Lord Nelson Park Multipurpose Sporting Facility and other projects at the reserve through regular updates on this website and social media.

An animated walkthrough of the proposed facility is available on our YouTube channel.


Projects Achieved

Step 1.Lord Nelson Park Precinct Plan 

Completed 2015

Step 2.Netball Court Upgrade 

Total project cost $223k 

Successful funding application $100k through the State Government - 2017

Council funding support of $103K - 2018

St Arnaud Netball Club contribution $20k - 2018

Completed 2018

Step 3.Public Toilet

Completed 2018



Current and Future Projects

Step 1.Lord Nelson Park Multipurpose Sporting Facility

Successful State Government Election commitment $700k - 2018

AFL pledge support by way of $100k cash contribution - 2018

Concept design process commenced with user groups - 2018

Successful Federal Government Funding $500k - 2019

Council budget confirmed - June 2020

Expressions of Interest open for Design & Construct Tender - July 2020

Final concept design December 2020

Detailed Design and permits completed April 2021

Construction expected to commence May 2021

Completion expected by February 2022


Step 2.Football Sports Lighting Project

Scheduled for 2022/23 - Council 10 Year capital program


Project: Lord Nelson Park Multipurpose Sporting Facility 

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

Impact to users is expected. The site chosen will be where the existing TOTE Building is located (between netball courts, main oval and sporting club) therefore the current canteen, storage, harness spaces and parts of the sheep pavilion will be affected. Council will work with user groups to mitigate the impacts. Construction fencing will be erected around the site for safety.

How long will the construction take?

Construction is expected to start after January 2021 with completion by February 2022.

What is the total cost?

Council is in the process of developing a cost structure and the total facility project cost is expected to be around $3.1M plus contingencies and external works.

Who is paying for it?

$700,000 has been committed by the State Government, $500,000 from Sport Australia, $100,000 from the AFL, $150,000 from the community and the balance from Northern Grampians Shire Council.

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. Environmentally Sustainable Design will form a key component of construction and 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?

Yes the TOTE building is planned to be removed during this project.