Darebin City Council
Acrylic | Netball
Darebin City Council were identified as one of the Inner-City Councils who would be responsible for delivering several netball courts across nominated sites within the municipality. The project was part of the Victorian State governments $9.6m commitment to increase netball facilities for the Melbourne city region.
JE Moore Park was one of the sites identified by SPORTENG in the initial feasibility and scoping stage of the overall projects. A two-court facility was developed in the north-east corner of the site including sports lighting, player’s shelters and improved accessibility to the new courts.
The only available land at JE Moore was a triangular piece of land which was wedged between two roads. Along one side of the proposed location was overhead power lines which would impact on the sports lighting locations.
Additionally there was no formal legal point of discharge for the courts stormwater to readily connect into.
Improved accessibility to the courts for players and spectators was required, including accessible carparks in the adjacent street.
The tight site constraints dictated the location and orientation of the two-court facility. With the courts needing a north-south orientation, they were aligned to run parallel with the adjacent road. A small level retaining wall was required in one location to match into existing levels without removing the functionality of the existing oval access road.
With the courts located close to overhead power lines, some of the sports lighting needed to be located along the northern and southern edges of the courts to avoid the conflict.
Working with Council, SPORTENG identified an existing side entry pit servicing the adjacent road. The pit outlet pipe was a small diameter pipe so an upstream retention basin was included in the design. Stormwater run-off collected in the pit and pipe network for the courts were able to surcharge into the retention basin in a large storm event.
The inclusion of the Netball Australia compliant netball courts within JE Moore Park, which also includes two natural turf ovals and cricket nets, is a great asset for the community. The new facility is used to host social netball games as well as competition matches.
The Minister for Sport John Eren said "We promised to build more netball courts and we’re delivering – giving the community the space they need to grow their clubs and welcome more members than ever before. These new courts – and more in the pipeline – will give grassroots clubs the facilities they need to grow and bring more people together."