Lavington Sports Ground Redevelopment

This major redevelopment will transform the Lavington Sports ground into one of regional Australia's premier sporting facilities, capable of hosting local, regional, state and national carnivals, community sport and other events.

Update December 2018

Grass is growing on the new oval in a milestone for the redevelopment program.

The development of the oval, which is to the east of the main oval, is now in its final stage of construction.

The sand base and ‘sprigging’ of the couch grass were completed in November and summer conditions combined with irrigation of the surface will establish an excellent drought-tolerating playing surface over the coming months.

The tender for the construction of the new amenities and upgrades and extension to the existing grandstand will close in late December 2018 and the contract is expected to be awarded in February 2019.

It follows a significant variation to the project when a large amount of unsuitable soil was found on the site in February 2018. This required the removal of the soil, a redesign of the playing surface and the compaction of imported clay.

The unsuitable soil was not detected through the geotechnical assessment and subsequent design phases of the project. At its meeting on Monday 10 November, Council resolved to take no further action on this matter.

Update October 2018

The redevelopment is taking shape with the on-going development of the new sports field to the east of the main oval. Detailed plans are being finalised for construction of the new amenities building and grandstand extension and upgrades.

Irrigation and drainage works have been completed and the installation of a sand layer as part of the sports field profile is nearing completion.  Couch grass is being sown from November to promote growth during the warmer months.

Project funding

Original Budget$10.1MExternal Funding:
$4.026M - Federal Government
$250,000 - AFL
$50,000 – User Groups
Project Variations$3.5MUnsuitable soil remediation and investigation costs
Stage 3 Works$3.9MExternal Funding:
$3.154M  - NSW State Government
Total$17.5MTotal External Funding:
$7.48M

Redevelopment

The redevelopment includes a major upgrade of the existing facility and the addition of new playing fields and an amenities building to the east. Specifically, Stage 1 and 2 works include:

  • Multipurpose playing fields catering for AFL, Cricket, Soccer and Rugby codes
  • Full irrigation and drainage and high quality playing surface
  • Lighting to 150-200 lux
  • 1.8m perimeter fence
  • Four synthetic practice cricket wickets and store facility
  • Centre turf cricket wicket and practice turf wicket tables
  • Teams benches and associated amenity
  • Centaur Road angle carparking and sealed asphalt carpark
  • Ground keeper facilities and storage
  • Single story amenities building with wide overhang on all sides, with multiple changerooms, amenities, kiosk, first aid room, administration and storage facilities

Grandstand upgrades

  • Refurbishment of existing change rooms, umpires rooms and amenities
  • New change rooms to meet AFL standards on the ground floor
  • Additional amenities and first aid facilities
  • 150 seat function room and kitchen  overlooking the main oval
  • Additional seating and disability accessible seating in the grandstand
  • Additional covered seating for 300
  • Media, coach, timekeepers facilities and camera deck

The existing ground

  • Upgrades to entry of Hanna Street including carparking for 30 vehicles / broadcast vehicles
  • Power upgrade including underground powerlines

Stage 3

We've recently been successful in obtaining $3.153M through the NSW Regional Sports Infrastructure Program to complete the Stage 3.

Works include:

  • Additional grandstand seating and amenities
  • Corporate and administration facilities
  • New ticket box facilities
  • Terraced seating and shade in between the two grounds
  • Access pathways
  • Fixtures and furniture
  • Centaur Road Car Park and semi-formalised car parking areas off Pearsall Street
  • Improved disability access and event capacity
  • Tree Planting and landscaping

This additional funding will mean the original master plan for the facility (adopted by Council in April 2016), can be fully completed and the project is now extended to 2021-22.

Plans and Designs

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