Regional Sports Hub

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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. 

 

Background

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flwk4cIsHWo

 

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 with stage 1 expected to require a budget of approximately $12-3m.  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.

 

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.  Further details on the method of this community engagement will be provided once determined.

 

Council agenda items

Recent report(s) to council on the project can be found via the following link(s):

 

7 August 2017 – 13.5 Regional Sports Hub Update – page p. 128

 

Project point of contact

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

 

6 Dutton Road, Mount Barker SA 5251
T 8391 7200
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