Regional Sports Hub

Build Expand

The Mount Barker Regional Sports Hub is being planned for development on Council owned land on Springs Road, Mount Barker, to accommodate current and future sporting facility needs of the growing community.  Council has set a target of commencing construction of Stage 1 in 2018/19. 



In 2009, with the assistance of a State Government Grant, Council purchased 38HA of land bordered by Bald Hills and Springs Roads.  Over the following years, various demand and feasibility studies as well as high level concepts were developed, further refining the sports to be located at this site. This work confirmed that the Council Land should be developed for regional level sporting facilities and that the south-eastern half of the site (approximately 20HA) is the most suitable location for this to occur.


In 2014, the Council, with the assistance of the Office of Recreation and Sport commenced the production of the Detailed Concept Designs for the Mount Barker Regional Sports Facility. 


The full development of the facility is not likely to occur for over 10 years, with initial stages to be constructed as dictated by funding availability and facility demand.  The reasons for this approach include:

  • There are multiple sites within the township that can accommodate the short term demand for additional playing fields for significantly less cost.
  • The cost to develop a regional sporting facility will require significant external funding and stakeholder commitment, which can take a significant period of time to secure and co-ordinate.
  • This facility is responding to the demand of an expanding population and therefore the demand for facilities will come as the population grows over the next 25 years.

Concept Plans

Please find below, a copy of the Detailed Concept Designs and link to a 3D fly-through video.

Regional Sports Hub Concept Plans(1585 kb)

A final layout is yet to be settled.

3D Fly-through video:


Project Stages

The Mount Barker Regional Sports Hub Project is currently at concept plan stage and is expected to be constructed over at least 3 stages.  Stage 1 will include:

  • Site excavation, storm water drainage, sewage and services (water, power, telecommunications)
  • Initial lighting
  • Initial landscaping
  • 1 of 2 AFL / Cricket premier standard oval/pitch
  • 2 of 4 soccer pitches (1 premier standard)
  • Female and male change rooms, public toilets, umpire and medical rooms, equipment storage
  • Entrance, roadway and parking


Council’s target timings for stage 1 are as follows:

  • 2017/18 – detailed design
  • 2018/19 – commence construction
  • 2019/20 – open to the public


Funding the project

The preliminary cost estimate for the concept design is in the order of $28-30m.  As the project progresses to detailed site assessment and design and through value management processes a further project cost estimate will be prepared enabling the project budget to be finalised. 

Project funding currently committed includes:

  • Federal Government –$3.75 million
  • South Australian Government – soccer facilities $2.5 million (via SA Football Federation)
  • South Australian Government – female change room facilities $0.475 million
  • South Australian Government - $0.8 million

Negotiations are ongoing with funding partners including sporting peak bodies.

In 2017/18 Council has allocated a budgeted $0.5m capital budget to progress the project including detailed design for stage 1.

December 2017

Council applied for funding through the Building Better Regions Fund.    The Infrastructure Projects Stream supports projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide economic and social benefits to regional and remote areas. 

Regional Sports Hub BBRF Summary Application(208 kb)


Managing the facility

Council will own and operate the new regional sporting facilities on behalf of the community.  Details of the management model(s) are still to be determined. 


Project Stakeholders

The Mount Barker Regional Sports Hub project has a large, complex and diverse range of stakeholders including:

  • Government – Local, State and Federal
  • Sporting – clubs and peak bodies (local, state and national)
  • Education
  • Community – residents and ratepayers; individuals and clubs; users and spectators; locals and visitors
  • Adjacent land owners
  • Potential commercial partners
  • Service providers
  • Contractors and consultants (design, construction and operation/maintenance)
  • Media


Community input

During the detailed design for stage 1, Council will seek input from a cross-section of the community on how they anticipate they will use the facility. 

Community Reference Group

Call for expression of interest

A community reference group is being established to provide feedback to the Regional Sports Hub design team. Council is calling for expressions of interest from members of the community who can represent one or more of the following areas on the community reference group:

  • community groups
  • education providers
  • business sector
  • district sporting community
  • allied health service providers
  • general community

Nominations sought by 9am Monday 5 February 2018 extended to 9am Monday 12 February. Please download the terms of reference and nomination forms below.

Regional Sports Hub Terms of Reference(144 kb)

Regional Sports Hub Nomination Form(144 kb)

Nominations are now closed 


Council agenda items

Recent report(s) to council on the project can be found on the Council meetings webpage :


7 August 2017

13.5 Regional Sports Hub Update - page 128


6 November 2017

14.1. Regional Sports Hub Update - page 283

  • To provide an update on the Mount Barker Regional Sports Hub project.


4 December 2017

12.2. Regional Sports Hub Grant Funding Authorisations - page 88

  • For Council to authorise the CEO to enter into grant funding deeds related to the Regional Sports Hub Stage 1 Project.


15 January 2018

12.3. Regional Sports Hub Business Case - page 88

  • To formally present the Regional Sports Hub Business Case version 1.0 (attachment 1) to the Council and provide a Regional Sports Hub Stage 1 Project Presentation (attachment 2).

12.4. Regional Sports Hub Stage 1 Project Community Reference Group - page 175

  • To seek Council’s endorsement for the establishment of a Regional Sports Hub Stage 1 project Community Reference Group.


Project point of contact

If you have any queries regarding this project, please email Kate Jessep, Project Leader Regional Hub Delivery at  or on 08 8391 7200.   


6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200