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The need for a regional sports facility, including an indoor facility and rectangular stadium, was identified as part of a Master Plan developed for the site in 2008.

Work on Stage 1 has been completed and included a regional high performance tennis facility, new and upgraded netball facilities and improved access and passive recreation.

Council recognises there are many other sports and recreational uses that would benefit from an indoor regional facility and a high-quality rectangular field. This work is proposed for Stage 2.

Stage 1 of the project commenced with the upgrades to the existing netball facility in 2011, and included the upgrade of seven existing courts and the construction of three additional hard courts. Car parking along Cunningham Street was also formalised during this stage of works, including formal car spaces with shade trees and park benching.

In 2012, Council received a $4,991,800 grant from the Regional Development Australia Fund to go towards finalising Stage 1 of the redevelopment.

Council engaged consultants @leisure Planners to determine the feasibility of a regional indoor sports facility as part of Stage 2. Council resolved to adopt the master plan and concept designs at its meeting in September 2015. Stage 2 works will commence once funding resources becoumce available.

Works Completed

The building and playground construction were completed two months ahead of schedule. The works included:

  1. Netball clubhouse and amenities construction: The construction of a purpose built netball club pavilion and adjacent amenities pavilion. The building features a large covered area and landscaped forecourt providing seating and shade for spectators, players and officials. Lighting and netball court upgrades were also included.
  2. Tennis clubhouse and new courts construction: A new Tennis clubhouse and 8 new hard courts, including a full size show court. This included landscaped public areas including BBQ area and some play equipment for children.
  3. Park and Playground area: A playground was constructed under the existing shaded area beneath a stand of mature trees. The playground includes shade structures with picnic tables and benches.
  4. Internal Vehicular access and car parking: The construction of a new vehicular connection to Kirkwood Road, with additional car parking and provision for a bus drop-off area including street lighting and street scaping.
  5. General upgrades to Arkinstall park: include landscaping, signage and improvements to existing soccer facility.
  6. Power Supply Upgrade: To provide adequate power to tennis and soccer facilities.
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