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Moorabool Regional Sports Hub

Stage 2

Location: Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Reserve

The Moorabool Regional Sports Hub addresses the current community need for an adequate sports facility that provides both female and male changerooms as well as space for the multiple sporting clubs in the region.

This is a four-stage project. Stage One is costed at $9.7 million, predominately funded by Council funds.

Stage 2:

TOTAL PROJECT COST – STAGE 2                              $9.7M

PROPOSED FUNDING SOURCES

Council                                                                           $4.85M

External funding                                                           $4.85M

Key reasons for this project:

  • This Hub addresses the current issue of residents needing to travel outside the municipality to access sporting opportunities.
  • To meet the needs of a rapidly growing community, the Bacchus Marsh Regional Community Sports Hub will feature two permanent soccer pitches, a central cricket pitch and a multipurpose shared use pavilion.
  • The play space and walking paths in the open space areas will provide active recreation opportunities for the wider community.
  • Moorabool’s sports participation is above the national average and requires a further 18ha of space to meet demand in Bacchus Marsh alone.

Statistics:

  • Bacchus Marsh’s sports participation is above the national average.

Policy alignment:

  • Moorabool Play Strategy
  • State Government: Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2019 -2023
  • Federal Government: Sport 2030

 

 

Indoor Recreation Centre

Stage 1 Basketball Stadium   

Location: Bacchus Marsh

Currently, indoor sports courts in Bacchus Marsh and Moorabool are at capacity, with many sports requiring larger spaces and/or greater access and court time. Existing demand combined with expected population growth means a 4‐6 court indoor sports facility in Bacchus Marsh will provide a much-needed major competition venue for Moorabool.

TOTAL PROJECT COST                                         $13.8M

PROPOSED FUNDING SOURCES

Council                                                                   $5.9M

External funding                                                   $5.9M

Key reasons for this project:

  • Bacchus Marsh Leisure Centre is the only indoor facility in Moorabool and is currently at capacity with no further options to grow indoor sports.
  • Currently, there is high demand for indoor competitive sports with demand growing as the population does. A new indoor sports court facility will enable existing sports to continue to expand and ensure a greater number of residents can participate in various levels of competition.
  • Moorabool’s indoor sport participation rates are higher than the Victorian State average. This is based on Victorian organised sports participation rates combined with our current population.

Statistics:

  • Sports participation has increased in recent years with this trend likely to continue as Moorabool’s population grows.
  • Based on state participation rates, approximately 4000 residents could participate in indoor sport if suitable facilities were available. Indoor gym, dance and fitness activities may also be an option by an additional 6000 people.

Policy alignment:

  • Council Plan 2019-2021
  • Recreation and Leisure Strategy 2015 -2021
  • State Government: Active Victoria Strategic Framework 2017

 

Stage 2 Indoor Aquatic Centre

Location: Bacchus Marsh

Bacchus Marsh does not have an indoor aquatic facility, unlike towns with a similar population in Victoria. This is despite the Bacchus Marsh community actively advocating for this centre as well as the region’s expected future population growth. Council can tender this project immediately once funding is secured. With the current facility built in the 1930s, this project will see this pool upgraded to a year-round multi-purpose recreation centre that features aquatic, health, fitness and leisure options to meet the need of the community and visitors.

 

TOTAL PROJECT COST                                         $31M                                        

PROPOSED FUNDING SOURCES

Council                                                                   $7M

External funding                                                   $21M

Other                                                                     $3M

Key reasons for this project:

  • Bacchus Marsh’s rapid growth requires facilities that can meet the need of the community.
  • Bacchus Marsh aims to be the most active town in Victoria.
  • The community wants a facility that meets their growing fitness, health needs and are actively advocating for this centre.

Statistics:

  • Bacchus Marsh Aquatic Centre Community Consortium Inc, a community group established to actively advocate and raise funds for this facility, are aiming to contribute $1M towards this project.

Policy alignment:

  • Council Plan 2019-2021
  • Recreation and Leisure Strategy 2015 -2021
  • State Government: Active Victoria Strategic Framework 2017

 

Darley Park Pavilion 

Location: Darley

Darley Park Recreation Reserve is the premier reserve for cricket, football and netball in Darley. However, this reserve currently does not accommodate females and people with a disability as there are no dedicated player and umpire change rooms. Having a sporting pavilion without women’s change rooms and amenities presents a clear barrier for women to participate in sport, especially problematic in the context of lower rates of participation in sport for women.

 

TOTAL PROJECT COST                          $4.5M

PROPOSED FUNDING SOURCES          

User Club Contributions                        $250,000

Council                                                     $1.0M

External funding                                     $3.25M

 

Key reasons for this project:

  • The current pavilion does not meet the rising demand.
  • The redevelopment of the pavilion will allow all abilities participation and especially improve opportunities for females to play local sport.
  • Improving gender equity in sport is overshadowed by the lack of appropriate female changerooms and toilets. The extent of capital work required means it may be years before all facilities are accessible to females.

Statistics:

  • In Victoria, female participation rates in sport are lower than males, particularly in community sport and recreation clubs. The facilities at clubs are a key factor in encouraging sports participation, regardless of location, ability, age, gender or background.

Policy alignment:

  • Council Plan 2017-2021
  • State Government: Female Friendly Sport Infrastructure Guidelines 2017
  •  Federal Government: Sport 2030

 

Last Updated:

Wednesday, 24 June, 2020 - 09:07