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.
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.
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, which is located on the west of Barringo Road, 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.