St Kilda Football Club, along with project stakeholders, has announced the engagement of ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd as the builder for the Moorabbin Reserve Redevelopment.
The redevelopment will be the first ever facility in Australia that caters to the full spectrum of the Australian Rules Football talent pathway, from Auskick to AFL, with match, training and administration facilities for St Kilda Football Club, Southern Football Netball League, South Metro Junior Football League, AFL Victoria and Sandringham Dragons.
Demolition works on the current site at Moorabbin are due to commence in March 2017, and construction will be completed in two stages.
It is anticipated that Stage 1, which includes the north wing, will be completed in the 2018 pre-season, while Stage 2 (south wing) will be completed in September/October 2018.
Key deliverables of the project include:
- New administrative facilities for St Kilda Football Club and dedicated offices for the Southern Football Netball League, South Metro Junior Football League, Sandringham Dragons and AFL Victoria region staff
- Training facilities for St Kilda Football Club and local community leagues
- Venue for VFL team training and matches including change rooms, umpire facilities, warm up facilities and accessible public toilets
- Lighting to allow for training and potential community level night games
- Indoor court for basketball and netball training and competition
- Public piazza for community events
- An enhanced entertainment venue, including bistro and merchandise
- Dedicated space for Junction Studio, a vibrant new platform for St Kilda Football Club to engage with the community
- Improved car parking
St Kilda Football Club President Peter Summers said the club is thrilled to take another step closer to return to its heartland.
“We’re pleased to engage ADCO Constructions, who will turn our collective vision into an exciting reality,” he said.
“We want the revitalised Moorabbin Reserve to be a true football and community hub and we’re thrilled to take another step forward with the project.
“This is another important project milestone in the club’s return to Moorabbin and I would like to thank all of the stakeholders involved for their continued input, support and cooperation on the joint redevelopment.
“The redevelopment of the Reserve will restore Moorabbin’s place in our club’s history and provide a great platform for our future,” Summers said.
ADCO Constructions Victorian State Manager Lakshu Adaikalavan echoed Summers’ sentiments, saying the contract allowed ADCO to have a tangible positive impact on the community.
“We are proud of this appointment, as it allows us an exciting opportunity to engage with all levels of the sporting community through this construction,” Adaikalavan said.
Garry Cranny, project representative for the Southern Football Netball League, South Metro Junior Football League and AFL Victoria, said community football is delighted this significant project milestone has been reached after years of intense planning and preliminaries.
“As stakeholders, we continue to work closely with St Kilda Football Club, Kingston Council and SRV for the State Government to ensure our shared aspirations are met at the redeveloped Moorabbin Reserve football hub.”
“It will be rewarding for all involved to finally see a start to construction and our collaborative vision of a modernised and re-activated facility that also provides real enhancements to the local community precinct.
“The tender assessment process has been extremely thorough, providing us absolute confidence in ADCO to deliver the quality outcomes we seek for football and the broader community at this historic Australian Rules venue,” Cranny said.
Minister for Sport John Eren said the government was proud to contribute to the redevelopment, which will provide the Victorian community with another world-class sporting venue.
“With a builder now on board, the mighty Saints are another step closer to marching back to their spiritual home.
“We’re proud to be delivering $12 million to turn Moorabbin Reserve into a world class venue that will help St Kilda return to finals glory.”
Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos said the upgrade of Moorabbin would give the Saints and the local community a state-of-the-art venue with something for footballers of all ages and abilities.
“The upgrade to this iconic ground marks a new era for St Kilda. It’s also a big win for local grassroots footy clubs who will finally get the modern facilities they deserve,” he said.
“Moorabbin will be a real community hub – home to budding Auskick kids to our elite football champions.”