Port Noarlunga sports boost
Port Noarlunga's growing sporting population has received a boost, with council last night approving a $3.1 million redevelopment proposal for the Port Noarlunga Sports Ground.
The redevelopment, which would be undertaken in two stages and is subject to external funding, would involve demolishing existing changerooms and clubrooms and building a new facility to consolidate various ageing buildings across the site.
It comes in the wake of a 2016 audit by the South Australian National Football League that found player and umpire changerooms are of a poor standard and inadequate amid growing participation in women’s football.
There’s also currently a duplication of facilities across the site, while the distance of the primary clubrooms from the oval is seen by head lessee Port Noarlunga Sports and Community Club (PNSCC) as being a major barrier to the facility’s functionality and social activation.
The new proposed facility would be built closer to the oval and court and include four unisex changerooms with amenities; four umpire’s changerooms; a social space; kitchen, kiosk; oval spectator area; toilets; medical room; office spaces; and internal and externally accessible storage.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor Erin Thompson says the redevelopment will have a huge impact on the entire community.
“The Port Noarlunga Sports Ground is used by local football, cricket, netball, tennis and gridiron clubs; community groups such as surf clubs and fitness clubs; and for music and social events such as the Port Noarlunga Blues Festival.
“Playing sport and staying active can help people stay healthy and be better connected to their community, so we’re thrilled to have a way forward for this redevelopment, particularly amid the huge increase in women’s participation.
“The new facility will provide new community spaces including the social space and kitchen, both for club members and creating further opportunities for revenue generation through community use and events.”
Council has approved $1.55 million toward construction in the draft budget, which is still subject to community feedback and final Council endorsement. Council will now work with the PNSCC to progress detailed design and cost estimates and pursue additional funding.
The investment complements council’s ongoing investment in facilities for AFL, cricket, soccer, netball, hockey and tennis, including a commitment to upgrade Aldinga Sports Park in partnership with the federal government, facilities at the Flagstaff Hill Sports Ground and the 2019 upgrade of Kangarilla Recreation Ground’s courts and lighting.
Port Noarlunga pride
Scenes from the Port Noarlunga Sports Ground, May 2020.