Development Victoria

Boosting women’s sport

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 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 began in March 2019 and is expected to be complete in early 2021.

Netball and Hockey Centre a game changer for women in construction

The State Netball and Hockey Centre (SNHC) redevelopment will provide the platform for a pilot program to increase the number of women working in construction.

Under the pilot program led by SNHC builder Kane Construction, a call will be made to Victorian women and girls, including the thousands who play at the State Netball and Hockey Centre at Royal Park each week, to consider a career in construction.

Half of contractor Kane Construction’s eight project staff are female, as are three of four staff from Development Victoria’s project team.

Kane Constructions has pledged to maximise the female presence on the project while encouraging subcontractors to do the same.  Plumbing company Cooke and Dowsett has jumped on board, recently appointing North Melbourne AFLW player Jasmine Garner as an apprentice to work on the site.

Women account for just 17 per cent of construction jobs, and less than 6 per cent of technical and trade roles.

The program will incorporate information sessions on pathways to a career in construction, highlight role models for young women in the industry such as Ms Garner and develop other strategies to break down barriers.

To register your interest in the program’s information sessions please email us at SNHC-project@development.vic.gov.au  

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KEY DATES
March 2019 – Works commenced
March 2021– Expected completion 

PROJECT PARTNERS
Sport and Recreation Victoria (client)
The State Sports Centres Trust (operator)
Netball Victoria (key tenant)
Hockey Victoria (key tenant)