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Moorabool Regional Community Sports Hub (Stage 2)

This is a four-stage project, with Stage 1 nearing completion.

Location: Bacchus Marsh Racecourse Reserve, Maddingley
Total cost (Stage 2): $9.7M

Costs:

  • External funding = $4.85M
  • Council = $4.85M
About the project:

Moorabool Shire Council is constructing a major regional sports hub featuring an AFL oval, soccer pitches, national-standard BMX track, equestrian facilities for dressage and cross-country events and a large, indoor sports pavilion. This hub will deliver state-of-the-art facilities to support a range of sport and recreation activities for local clubs and the community. It is one of the largest sporting infrastructure projects the area has seen in decades.

The estimated economic benefit of this project is $18,157,184 and creation of 43 full time jobs during construction.

  • Population is expected to double over the next 20 years.
  • A new cricket oval is needed to meet demand due to population growth. Without this, there will be a shortfall of one oval by 2025; which will become a shortfall of two ovals by 2030.
  • The cricket oval in Darley, currently operates at 84% capacity during the summer season.
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Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Stage 1 Indoor Sports Stadium)

Location: Taverner Street, Bacchus Marsh
Total cost (Stage 1): $13.8M

Costs:

  • External funding = $6.9M
  • Council = $6.9M
About the project:

With Moorabool’s population excepted to double in the next 20 years, an indoor stadium is needed to meet growing demand in the region for competitive sports venues. A new 4-6 court indoor sports stadium will allow existing sports to expand and making sure a greater number of residents can take part in various levels of competition. Stages 1 and 2 of MARC are expected to create 202 full time jobs during construction and 32 full time ongoing jobs post construction.

The estimated economic benefit of this project is $26,623,570.

  • 53% of people aged 45 and over in Victoria participate in sport through sports and leisure centres. Around 42% of Moorabool residents are aged 45 and over, with this expected to grow to 44% by 2036.
  • 63% of all female sporting participation in Victoria occurs within sports and leisure centres.
  • Based on State participation rates, around 4,000 residents could participate in indoor sports if suitable facilities were available. Indoor gym, dance and fitness activities may also be an option, which would cater for an additional 6,000 users.

Moorabool Aquatic and Recreation Centre (Stage 2 Indoor Aquatic Centre)                        

Location: Taverner Street, Bacchus Marsh
Total cost (Stage 2): $31M 

Costs:

  • External funding = $10M
  • Council = $11M
  • Other = $10M
About the project:

With the local community actively advocating for this project, combined with expected population growth, an Indoor Aquatic Centre will provide a much-needed recreation facility for our region. Unlike similar-sized towns in Victoria, Bacchus Marsh does not have an indoor aquatic facility.

This project will upgrade the pool to a year-round multi-purpose recreation centre, featuring aquatic, health, fitness and leisure facilities to meet community and visitor needs. The estimated economic benefit of this project is $91,847,921.

Combined with the Indoor Stadium, the project is expected to create 202 full time jobs during construction and 32 full time ongoing jobs post construction.

  • There is high demand for year-round pool facilities with 56% of residents having to travel outside Moorabool to participate in swimming activities.
  • By 2030, the region meets the criteria for having one indoor swimming pool for every 50,000 residents. Other areas, including Macedon Ranges Shire, already have two indoor pools without meeting the threshold for having one.  
  • 35.4% of children aged 4 to 15 years in Victoria participate in organised swimming activities.
  • 53% of people aged 45 and over in Victoria participate in sport through sports and leisure centres, such as the planned Moorabool Aquatic and Leisure Centre (MARC)
  • 63% of all female sporting participation in Victoria occurs within sports and leisure centres.

 

 

Last Updated:

Wednesday, 24 June, 2020 - 09:07