Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct

Bringing towns, sports, schools and community groups across the shire together

On 28 March 2018, Council endorsed the integration of two projects—the New Gisborne Sports Fields project and the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Hub project—embracing a vision for the Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct(PDF, 18MB)

The precinct has the potential to be constructed as one project or as a multi-stage development that will feature a mix of state-of-the-art sports facilities.

The facilities will be spread across two interconnected sites in New Gisborne at the corner of Barringo Rd and Hamilton Road and support a wide range of local sporting and community organisations and clubs; and also attract regional, state and other elite level competitions.

Council has been working closely with local user groups for many years to gain an understanding of sport facility uses and patterns, and develop a shared vision for the future use and development of indoor sports courts and fields across the shire.

While there is a diverse range of leisure and aquatic facilities in the shire (eight indoor sports courts, two fitness centres, two indoor pools and two outdoor pools), a 2009 indoor sports feasibility study identified the need for more sports courts in Gisborne. In 2015 Council entered into a joint usage agreement with Gisborne Secondary College to construct two indoor sports courts. These courts, and other indoor stadiums across the shire, are now operating at near capacity.

Regional Sports Fields Project

In 2017, Council completed the New Gisborne Sports Field Feasibility Study(PDF, 5MB) and concept plan(PDF, 2MB) . These publications identified the need for a new oval complex in New Gisborne, including a regional synthetic surface ground and associated buildings and recreational facilities such as walking tracks, cycling, passive recreation spaces and playgrounds.

The study was adopted by Council in December 2017. View the 20 December 2017 – Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes.

Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Hub

Also in 2017, Council started work on a feasibility study to determine the current and future needs of indoor sports courts in the Macedon Ranges. It looked at the types and level of current use, future growth and demand, concept planning, costs, locations, business models and design approaches. 

The Regional Sports Hub Feasibility Study Summary(PDF, 17MB) and Regional Sports Hub Feasibility Study(PDF, 11MB) were endorsed by Council in March 2018. View the 28 March 2018 - Ordinary Council Meeting Minutes.

The Regional Sports Hub concept is envisioned as a four-to-six court indoor stadium and community activity hub in New Gisborne which will service the growing needs of participants across the shire.

Macedon Ranges Regional Netball Complex

The Macedon Ranges Regional Netball Complex was officially opened on the 17 August 2016 in conjunction with the Macedon Ranges Netball Association’s (MRNA) annual tournament day.

The complex has been a dream of the MRNA and former Gisborne Netball Association for over 20 years.  The project was funded by State and Commonwealth funding, council, Bendigo Bank and the MRNA,

The complex consists of 8 outdoor netball courts (2 with lighting), car parking and a new pavilion.

Regional Sports hub features:

  • Change rooms and amenities
  • Indoor sports courts
  • Storage
  • Show court
  • Spectator seating
  • Multipurpose rooms
  • Car parking
  • Sports administration area
  • Café and social area

Regional Sports fields features:

  • Natural grass sports field
  • Synthetic surface sports field
  • Activity area
  • Car park
  • Play space
  • BBQ area
  • Wet lands/detention basin
  • Gym equipment
  • Tennis courts
  • Cricket nets

The precinct will span two sites on either side of Barringo Road at the corner of Hamilton Road in New Gisborne.

The site for the oval complex is across the road from the Macedon Ranges Netball Complex.

The Sports Hub concept is to be integrated within the existing outdoor eight court Macedon Ranges Netball Complex site.

Both sites are easily accessible to the townships of Riddells Creek, Woodend and Macedon and a short drive from Kyneton, Lancefield and Romsey. Approximately 62 per cent of the shire’s population resides within 15km of the site.

The Macedon Ranges Regional Sports Precinct will require $41.4m for construction. It would be most efficient to construct the entire precinct in one go, however dependent upon funding constraints it could be constructed in two stages: $31.4m and $10m.

The Victorian Labor Government has committed $11.6 million to the project. This comes on top of Council’s planned $10 million contribution and $100,000 in support from AFL Victoria. 

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Council is actively seeking all funding opportunities, including grant opportunities, to fund the sports precinct proposal. These efforts will be supported through the development of a Regional Sports Precinct Advocacy Group consisting of community stakeholders, State Sports Association representatives, Councillors and Council officers.