State Netball and Hockey Centre
The $64.6 million State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC) redevelopment is the centrepiece of the Victorian Government’s record investment in women’s sport.
From grassroots to elite, the upgrade will cement Parkville as the home for netball and hockey in Australia with six new indoor netball courts, a new indoor hockey facility, a high-performance strength and conditioning gym and a home for Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria.
The Victorian Government has appointed contractor Kane Constructions to deliver the project and unveiled the initial designs for the centre. Kane Constructions is a Victorian builder and industry leader, with a solid track record in the delivery of elite and community sporting venues across Australia, including Stage 4 of Kardinia Park in Geelong.
The SNHC project provides more opportunities for women of all ages to get active and strive for the best, on and off the courts.
The upgrade will cement Parkville as the home for netball and hockey in Australia with six new indoor netball courts, a new indoor hockey facility, a high-performance strength and conditioning gym and a home for Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria.
The SNHC will cater for international elite athletes and competition as well as being a hub for athlete development, major sport programs, sector education programs, and sports administration.
The redevelopment will also establish the Women in Sport Leadership Centre, which will kick start initiatives to drive cultural change and grow female leadership in sport.
The $64.6 million SNHC project will deliver the following:
- 6 new indoor netball courts to replace the current 4 outdoor courts, bringing the total number of usable netball courts to 11
- A new indoor hockey facility to support the new and emerging sport of indoor hockey
- A high-performance strength and conditioning gym
- The Women in Sport Leadership Centre
- Sports House 2 - modelled on 'Sports House' at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, and providing a home for the peak sporting bodies Netball Victoria and Hockey Victoria
- Upgrades to amenity and infrastructure including: the development of a new front entrance, providing for improved circulation and improving access to local public transport.
The Women in Sport Leadership Centre aims to redress the imbalance in the number of women in leadership roles in the sport and active recreation sector and allow women and girls to participate and perform at a high level both on and off the field.
The new facilities will be developed within the existing boundary of the centre.
Construction is expected to start in early 2019 and to be complete in late 2020.
Results of early community engagement
A community engagement campaign running since November last year and culminating in a public information day in June, has yielded useful feedback for the project team that will inform future plans.
The key elements that emerged after engaging with project stakeholders, community groups, centre users and the broader community included:
- Strong support for upgrades to netball and hockey facilities including the creation of indoor netball courts and a hockey pitch;
- The need to improve transport links and access with enthusiastic support for the idea of new Northern entrance direct from the main car park;
- Improved link to the adjacent public transport options, including a dedicated path from the tram stop to the centre;
- A desire to further improve community access to the centre; and,
- The importance of integrating the redevelopment with its surrounding environment.
Further community engagement will be carried out as the project progresses.