Bairnsdale - WORLD Sporting Precinct Redevelopment

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Current Update - 6 May 2022

The WORLD Sporting Precinct project is now approaching one year since construction commenced (July 2021). The second half of 2021 was particularly challenging due to restrictions on workforce sizes, supply chain issues and material shortages as a result of the pandemic and related health orders. In addition, significant and consistent rainfall events in the second half of the year hampered civil construction efforts. Despite these challenges our CP1 contractor responsible for the new carpark and hockey fields (Cranes Asphalting) has persevered with a great milestone achieved at the end of March seeing access to the new carpark south of Westdale Kindergarten being opened for kindergarten use. With the new access point for the kindergarten up and running, we were able to commence site works on the new netball courts and parking area - also executed by Cranes Asphalting as our CP2 contractor with demolition works commenced for the old courts and carparking. The main demolition work with waste material hauling off site (for recycling and reuse as base material) will be completed by the middle of May. Inground services installation will follow, preceding large concrete pours for the new netball courts.

The hockey pitch work has been steadily progressing. Upgrades to the pitch installations (a synthetic surface to one pitch and improved drainage design to the grass pitch) are being managed and will yield even better outcomes for the community in the completed facility.

The third contract recently awarded by Council is for the WORLD pavilion which will service both hockey and netball. These works (CP3) will be undertaken by Allmore Constructions. Allmore is in the process of arranging the building permit and onboarding sub-contract trades. The pad preparation for the new pavilion is in progress, entailing the relocation of existing in ground services so that we keep the kindergarten up and running.

Our contractors are working hard to complete the three awarded construction contracts covering the pavilion, netball and hockey playing surfaces by the end of 2022, allowing for a summer opening of these facilities. Access will be available to the community through both organised sport and casual use. In addition, the existing paths around the wetlands will be reopened including links to new walking paths throughout the precinct.

The soccer precinct in the southern section of the site will include two pitches and a pavilion similar to the WORLD pavilion. The area where the field and pavilion will be built is currently undergoing Federal Government environmental approvals under the EPBC Act. Council is awaiting an initial assessment from the Department (DAWE), which will clarify timeframes for the broader approvals process.

11 March 2022

This project originates from Council’s adoption of the Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan in September 2018 which identified the project as a high priority, due to the strong participation and growth in Netball, Hockey, Soccer and Futsal

The project has attracted significant investment from both the Australian Government and the Victorian State Government in collectively providing grant funding and the Victorian Government providing funds through a low interest loan scheme.

When complete, this Regional standard facility will provide:

  • a new netball complex
  • hockey pitches with lighting including one synthetic pitch
  • new soccer pitches with lighting including one synthetic
  • all associated works including access roads, paths, car parking and landscaping
  • two pavilions to service multiple clubs across the sporting codes

Construction on the WORLD Sporting precinct project commenced in 2021, with the construction of the hockey pitches, main entrance and car parking well underway under Construction Package 1.

Construction Package 2 covering additional carparking and new netball courts was awarded in December 2021, with site works due to commence in April 2022 once the new carpark is available for use by Westdale Kindergarten.

Construction Package 3 which will deliver a new WORLD pavilion for use by netball and hockey clubs was recently awarded, with work on site due to commence in May.

Construction Packages 4 and 5 relate to the new soccer pitches and pavilion. The footprint for this part of the development is currently undergoing environmental assessment and EPBC approvals.

The acronym WORLD stands for Women's Organisation for Recreation, Leisure and Development

About the Project

WORLD Sporting Precinct design contract awarded

The first construction package of the WORLD Sporting Project has been awarded. The scope of this package includes:

  1. Demolition of the existing WORLD Pavilion
  2. New main car park
  3. Retention basin and swale system
  4. Two new hockey fields with associated infrastructure and;
  5. All site services including electrical kiosk and water metering system

Works on site commenced on 19 July 2021 with completion of this stage scheduled for December 2021.

The construction package will allow the kindergarten to continue to provide services to the community, and a second Bairnsdale Netball Association season to go ahead.

Once built, this stage will provide a new car park to service the kindergarten. It will enable the existing car park and netball courts to be demolished and make way for a new regional level eight court netball precinct.

The construction packages that include the pavilions and soccer precinct will follow the development of the netball precinct in the following order:

Construction Package 1 – Main Car Park and Hockey (2021)

Construction Package 2 – Netball Courts and Car Parking (2022)

Construction Package 3 – WORLD Pavilion

Construction Package 4 – Soccer Precinct


Information last updated by Senior Project Development Officer on 17 June 2022

Current Update - 6 May 2022

The WORLD Sporting Precinct project is now approaching one year since construction commenced (July 2021). The second half of 2021 was particularly challenging due to restrictions on workforce sizes, supply chain issues and material shortages as a result of the pandemic and related health orders. In addition, significant and consistent rainfall events in the second half of the year hampered civil construction efforts. Despite these challenges our CP1 contractor responsible for the new carpark and hockey fields (Cranes Asphalting) has persevered with a great milestone achieved at the end of March seeing access to the new carpark south of Westdale Kindergarten being opened for kindergarten use. With the new access point for the kindergarten up and running, we were able to commence site works on the new netball courts and parking area - also executed by Cranes Asphalting as our CP2 contractor with demolition works commenced for the old courts and carparking. The main demolition work with waste material hauling off site (for recycling and reuse as base material) will be completed by the middle of May. Inground services installation will follow, preceding large concrete pours for the new netball courts.

The hockey pitch work has been steadily progressing. Upgrades to the pitch installations (a synthetic surface to one pitch and improved drainage design to the grass pitch) are being managed and will yield even better outcomes for the community in the completed facility.

The third contract recently awarded by Council is for the WORLD pavilion which will service both hockey and netball. These works (CP3) will be undertaken by Allmore Constructions. Allmore is in the process of arranging the building permit and onboarding sub-contract trades. The pad preparation for the new pavilion is in progress, entailing the relocation of existing in ground services so that we keep the kindergarten up and running.

Our contractors are working hard to complete the three awarded construction contracts covering the pavilion, netball and hockey playing surfaces by the end of 2022, allowing for a summer opening of these facilities. Access will be available to the community through both organised sport and casual use. In addition, the existing paths around the wetlands will be reopened including links to new walking paths throughout the precinct.

The soccer precinct in the southern section of the site will include two pitches and a pavilion similar to the WORLD pavilion. The area where the field and pavilion will be built is currently undergoing Federal Government environmental approvals under the EPBC Act. Council is awaiting an initial assessment from the Department (DAWE), which will clarify timeframes for the broader approvals process.

11 March 2022

This project originates from Council’s adoption of the Bairnsdale Sporting Facilities Plan in September 2018 which identified the project as a high priority, due to the strong participation and growth in Netball, Hockey, Soccer and Futsal

The project has attracted significant investment from both the Australian Government and the Victorian State Government in collectively providing grant funding and the Victorian Government providing funds through a low interest loan scheme.

When complete, this Regional standard facility will provide:

  • a new netball complex
  • hockey pitches with lighting including one synthetic pitch
  • new soccer pitches with lighting including one synthetic
  • all associated works including access roads, paths, car parking and landscaping
  • two pavilions to service multiple clubs across the sporting codes

Construction on the WORLD Sporting precinct project commenced in 2021, with the construction of the hockey pitches, main entrance and car parking well underway under Construction Package 1.

Construction Package 2 covering additional carparking and new netball courts was awarded in December 2021, with site works due to commence in April 2022 once the new carpark is available for use by Westdale Kindergarten.

Construction Package 3 which will deliver a new WORLD pavilion for use by netball and hockey clubs was recently awarded, with work on site due to commence in May.

Construction Packages 4 and 5 relate to the new soccer pitches and pavilion. The footprint for this part of the development is currently undergoing environmental assessment and EPBC approvals.

The acronym WORLD stands for Women's Organisation for Recreation, Leisure and Development

About the Project

WORLD Sporting Precinct design contract awarded

The first construction package of the WORLD Sporting Project has been awarded. The scope of this package includes:

  1. Demolition of the existing WORLD Pavilion
  2. New main car park
  3. Retention basin and swale system
  4. Two new hockey fields with associated infrastructure and;
  5. All site services including electrical kiosk and water metering system

Works on site commenced on 19 July 2021 with completion of this stage scheduled for December 2021.

The construction package will allow the kindergarten to continue to provide services to the community, and a second Bairnsdale Netball Association season to go ahead.

Once built, this stage will provide a new car park to service the kindergarten. It will enable the existing car park and netball courts to be demolished and make way for a new regional level eight court netball precinct.

The construction packages that include the pavilions and soccer precinct will follow the development of the netball precinct in the following order:

Construction Package 1 – Main Car Park and Hockey (2021)

Construction Package 2 – Netball Courts and Car Parking (2022)

Construction Package 3 – WORLD Pavilion

Construction Package 4 – Soccer Precinct


Information last updated by Senior Project Development Officer on 17 June 2022

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