Hunter Sports Centre expansion

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Building a more active city

Council is expanding the Hunter Sports Centre to deliver a state-of-the-art sporting facility for the Hunter and Central Coast region.

This professional-grade sporting facility will nurture the talents of athletes from regional Australia, empowering them to compete in national and international events.

The project will be delivered in three parts:

  • Stage 1: Expanded Sport and Community Centre
  • Stage 2: Warm-up facility and athlete testing building
  • Stage 3: NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence

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Stage 1 - Expanded Sport and Community Centre

With a total project cost of $25.7 million, Stage 1 will deliver a 4,505m2 expansion adding community, meeting and function rooms, a commercial kitchen and cafe lounge, and delivering new health and fitness facilities. The delivery of the Community Centre Expansion will also include improvements to the Hunter Sports Centre’s site access, traffic flow, pedestrian safety, car and bus parking and electrical services.

In 2021, the Australian Government committed $10 million to deliver Stage 1, with Council funding the remainder of the works.

Key benefits

  • Boost annual visitation by 80,000
  • Attract 260,000 visitors a year
  • $16 million in flow on benefits to the local economy
  • 100 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase

Features

The three-storey sport and community centre will feature:

  • Creche area
  • Open foyer
  • Multi-purpose rooms
  • Function room
  • 24-hour gymnasium
  • Office spaces
  • Board room
  • Meet management room
  • Storage areas
  • Commercial kitchen with cafe dining
  • Communal kitchen for employees
  • New amenities
  • Entry improvements including a new driveway and signalised pedestrian crossing at Stockland Drive
  • Undercover areas and walkways
  • Reconfiguration and expansion of the car park

Project timeline

Timeframe
Description
2020 Development application approved
2021 Funding commitment announced
2021-2022 Detailed design
2022 Pedestrian and entry upgrade works
2022

Tender process and commencement of expansion works

Late 2023 to early 2024
Completion of Sport and Community Centre construction

Stage 2: Warm-up facility and athlete testing building

This $2.6 million project will deliver athletics track improvements including a new warm-up area and athlete testing facility, which will elevate the facility to Tier 1 World Athletics Compliance.  

This project is funded through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund and Council.

Key dates
Project milestone
Mid-2022
Detailed design complete
Mid-2023
Construction complete

Stage 3 – NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence

With a total project cost of $12.5 million, The NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence will deliver Australia’s only dedicated Trampoline Centre of Excellence.

The project includes:

  • Trampoline hall with a 1,884m2 arena
  • Grandstand seating for 450 spectators
  • Front of house and management rooms
  • Amenities and storage provision

The NSW Government has committed $12.5 million to deliver Stage 3 through the Centre of Excellence Fund.

Features

The state-of-the-art centre will feature:

  • 12-metre ceiling height
  • seating for 450 spectators
  • audio visual equipment for training purposes
  • a 1,500m2 arena equipped with nine trampolines, two double mini trampolines, two tumbling strips, a foam pit and warm-up area.

 

 

Concept design

FAQs

Why is Council expanding the Hunter Sports Centre?

Council is committed to meeting the needs of our growing population and delivering a state-of-the-art sporting facility that will nurture the talents of athletes from regional Australia. Empowering them to compete in national and international events.

What’s planned for the facility?

Council is planning a major expansion of the Hunter Sports Centre over three stages. The expansion will see the construction of new athletics warm-up facilities, athlete testing facilities, a three-storey sport and community centre, and the NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence.

What’s the estimated cost of the project? How will it be funded?

  • Stage 1: the Sport and Community Centre is anticipated to cost $25.7 million. The Australian Government has committed $10 million towards the project through round five of the Building Better Regions Fund. The remainder will be funded by Council through development contributions and other funding sources.
  • Stage 2: the warm-up facility and athlete testing building is anticipated to cost $2.6 million. This stage is funded through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund and Council.
  • Stage 3: the NSW Trampoline Centre of Excellence is anticipated to cost $12.5 million. The NSW Government has committed to fund the project through the Centre of Excellence Fund.

Who will be able to use the facility?

The facility will be used by the local community, as well as sporting and community groups from across NSW and the Hunter for major sporting events, schools for sporting activities and events, and the local community. 

What about car parking?

A section of the eastern side of the existing car park will be reconfigured and expanded to allow for additional parking spaces and improved traffic flow. In total there will be:

  • 250 formal car parking spaces with 60 overflow spaces
  • 8 accessible car parking spaces
  • 4 bus parking spaces
  • a dedicated bus lane to manage drop-off and pick-up

Will the facility be accessible?

Council is committed to providing accessible recreation and sport opportunities to the community. This facility will be built in line with all relevant Australian Standards to ensure it is accessible and welcoming to all.

Who will manage the facility?

The Hunter Sports Centre is managed by an external board with a proven track record in financial sustainability, facility management and service provision.

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Location

43 Stockland Drive, Glendale 2285  View in Google Maps

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