New sports facilities on the drawing board - literally

Published on 02 March 2018


Architects are in the process of being appointed to design three Nillumbik community sports facilities – two of which are being completely rebuilt and a third that is receiving a major upgrade.
They are:

  • Diamond Creek Netball Pavilion ($3.1 million): the demolition and rebuild of a new pavilion and upgrade of the car park. The new pavilion will include a social room, accessible player and umpire change facilities; match day operations rooms, public amenities and first aid and storage space. It is used by the Diamond Creek Force Netball Association, among other groups.
  • Marngrook Oval Pavilion Development ($1.6 million): the construction of a new sports pavilion, alteration of the car park and a power upgrade to the Diamond Creek venue. This includes two large interconnected change rooms, accessible and umpire change facilities, a kiosk, public amenities and first aid and storage space. It is used by the Diamond Creek Football Club, the Diamond Creek Cricket Club, the Diamond Creek Runners and other groups. 
  • Eltham Central Pavilion Redevelopment ($3.4 million): a major revamp of the pavilion including building new female-friendly change rooms and refurbishing the social room facilities. It is used by cricket and football clubs as well as U3A.

These three legacy projects, now literally on the architects’ drawing boards, have long been on the community’s wish-list and will be well used by thousands of sports players across the shire.
Diamond Creek Force Netball Association competition coordinator, Sue Taylor, is delighted. “We have 1200 players from the nine clubs in our association playing games every Saturday – with only two female toilets!”
Ms Taylor, who was named Nillumbik Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year on Australia Day for her 33 years of service to netball, said the pavilion was bursting at the seams.
She said nearly 700 players from three other netball clubs used the facilities during the week: the 400 players from the Diamond Creek Netball Club, and the Vic Police Netball Club and the Sacred Heart Netball Club, which each have 130 players.
Mayor Peter Clarke said improving sports facilities, especially for females, was important. “I am proud to say we are once again living up to our reputation as the Council that gets things done,” he said.
Cr Clarke said while the Council was getting on with the project, it was still dealing with the shortfall after the State Government took an axe to the Growing Suburbs Fund and slashed it from $50 million down to $25 million.
 “We are calling on the Andrews Government to reinstate funding to realistic levels,“ Cr Clarke said.
“And in the meantime we are forced to assess the unpalatable option of selling vacant parcels of land to pay for these much-needed projects the community has waited so long for.”