Works set to begin on Moorabbin Reserve’s new community football hub
22 February 2017
Works are set to begin to transform Moorabbin Reserve into a fantastic new community football hub thanks to a joint project from the Victorian Government, Kingston Council, St Kilda Football Club, the AFL and community football leagues.
Demolition works of the existing aged buildings are scheduled for March 2017 with ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd appointed to build the new facility in two stages.
Once complete, the redevelopment will be the first ever facility in Australia that caters for Auskick juniors right through to elite AFL players and will serve the Southern Football Netball League, the South Metro Junior Football League, Sandringham Dragons, St Kilda Football Club and AFL Victoria.
Kingston Mayor David Eden said Council was pleased to contribute $4million to the Moorabbin reserve project as part of Council’s ongoing investment to provide high-quality facilities for local community sporting leagues.
“In addition to the new building works, Council is also investing $1million to upgrade the surrounding parkland,” Cr Eden said.
The project includes:
- Administration facilities for St Kilda Football Club and dedicated offices for the South Metro Junior Football League, Southern Football League, Sandringham Dragons and AFL Vic region staff
- Training facilities for St Kilda Football Club and local community clubs
- Venue for VFL team training and matches including change rooms, umpire facilities, warm up facilities, and accessible public toilets
- Lighting to allow for training and potential community level night games
- Indoor court for basketball and netball training and competition
- Public piazza for community events
- An enhanced entertainment venue, including bistro and merchandise
- Dedicated space for Junction Studio, a vibrant new platform for St Kilda Football Club to engage with the community
- Improved car parking
It is anticipated that Stage 1, which includes the north wing, will be completed in the 2017/2018 pre-season, while Stage 2 (south wing) will be completed in September/October 2018.
Minister for Sport John Eren said the government was proud to contribute to the redevelopment, which will provide the Victorian community with another world-class sporting venue.
“We’re proud to be delivering $12 million to turn Moorabbin Reserve into a world class venue.”
Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos said the upgrade of Moorabbin would give the Saints and the local community a state-of-the-art venue with something for footballers of all age and ability.
“The upgrade to this iconic ground marks a new era for St Kilda. It’s also a big win for local grassroots footy clubs who will finally get the modern facilities they deserve. Moorabbin will be a real community hub – home to budding Auskick kids to our elite football champions.”
St Kilda Football Club President Peter Summers said the club is thrilled to take another step closer to return to its heartland.
“We want the revitalised Moorabbin Reserve to be a true football and community hub and we’re thrilled to take another step forward with the project.
Garry Cranny, project representative for the Southern Football Netball League, South Metro Junior Football League and AFL Victoria said community football is thrilled this significant project milestone has been reached after years of intense planning and preliminaries.
“It will be rewarding for all involved to finally see construction commence and our collaborative vision start to enhance not only the site, but also the local precinct.